Your a kid again. It's a hot summer day. You are frolicking in the water with your friends. Splashing each other, laughing and talking about whatever it is kids talk about. Suddenly, someone says, "Hey, let's see who can hold their breath the longest under the water!" That competitive side of you (inside all of us) kicks in and you want to be the one to win. When it's your turn, you take a huge breath and immerse yourself into the wonderful cool water. It feels great for a moment until your lungs begin to burst and you can think of nothing else but breathing air. But you stay under because you want to win. I'm not so sure, as a kid, you realize that you could pass out if you stay under too long. :) When you can stand it no longer, you push to the surface and take a huge breath of sweet air. You are sure you have the victory, but everybody is arguing that they, indeed were the real winner. I was thinking about the need to fully immerse myself into the learning here at WA and this little analogy popped into my head. Of course, as I'm learning, I want to know everything and I want to know it now! Don't we all? But that is not possible. So, I realized that if I want to know it all, I need to immerse myself more into the learning. Because, of course, I want to have the victory! I would love to hear from you about your insights and strategies of "Immersion Learning." How long do you stay under and what is your approach to staying under longer?
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jatdebeaune Premium
Kathy, I've started to just relax about it. Used to feel overwhelmed, like all the information was more than I could absorb. Well, no one absorbs it all at once, and to try to do that is just frustrating. Imagine yourself to be like a sponge or a wick. Notice how a sponge absorbs water a little at a time until it is fully saturated. We're like that. It also helps to realize if you forget how to do something, you can always look it up for review at the time you need to use the information. You don't have to keep everything in your head at once. When you do something enough times, you don't even have to think much about it. That's why experience and repetition are our best teachers.

I think the key is in staying flexible. Realize that change will be constant and inevitable. No sooner do you learn something, then the rules change. What I like most about what's happening now is emphasis on quality content. Writing is more natural and more intuitive. Your sites will be much better when your main focus is your content, not keyword density and backlinking. And it's more fun, so you'll be more productive.

Now, washing the dishes and weeding the garden have to get done too. Just have to schedule it in.
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Kathy1952 Premium
Joan, this is very good advice. Relax and be flexible. As you say, trying to absorb it all at once only leads to frustration which doesn't help a bit. I have thought to myself many times when I am learning something new that soon, this new thing will be second nature. It is actually a thought that keeps me going. I have read several posts recently about practice which reminds me of what you said about repetition. It truly is one of our best teachers. The idea of "Quality Content" is being indelibly tattooed on my brain here at WA and I am realizing more and more just how important it is. Thank you for taking the time to post your views and ideas. I really appreciate your insight. :)
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Mobydick Premium
Simple solution...how do you eat a pink elephant? Yes, you probably heard it before and yes the answer is...bit by bit!

Another story that comes to my mind here; two guys standing by the roadside, one complaining not having any money to replace his torn shoes and the other man comment " look who is complaining! You don't have shoes, I don't even have a pair of decent socks!! It sure is a miserable life." Both were dumfounded when they saw a third man turn around the corner who had only one leg!

as the saying goes...count your blessings, and this world will be your paradise.

Love and prayers to all
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Kathy1952 Premium
Thanks for contributing to my discussion. Counting my blessings is something I do every day. I just wish the pink elephant wasn't so huge! :)
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Sherion Premium
Goals. I try to set goals to keep me on course. The goals can be from completing a certain tutorial or training, write my article for the day, or whatever. I pay attention to my "Things to do list."

I find without goals each day and "things to do" I get sidetracked or they get forgotten. Once my goals are completed then I give myself time to do the other things I want to do such as television or whatever. Even commenting on blogs and chat are scheduled for me. It does get varied but I time myself.

My typing speed right now is about 80 wpm. So, this took about a minute to comment. lol
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Kathy1952 Premium
Wow! 80 WPM? That's terrific! Guess that helps you to complete your tasks quickly. :) Thanks for taking that one minute to comment and whatever time it took you to read. Are you a speed reader too? :) Yes, Goals. Not always my strong suit. But I have been working on that. Thanks for contributing. It means a lot!
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wtbee2013 Premium
Well I just got in trouble for immersing myself. My truck is a pit, I need to dust the house, My flowers look so sad. So hows that. I am sure I am not doing it correctly. If I get away to long then the scenario that you laid out in your earlier post happen worse. The little Red guy wins. So I'll be glad to hear...what other people say, I know my biggest fault is not laying out a schedule, But I am the one who is in charge of the schedule I make it and guess who shows up. You got it LOL

Good luck and really missed you last night we had 10 people.
Kymee
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Kathy1952 Premium
Hi Kymee! I missed being there too. I did see that there was a good turn out. I PMed Craig to tell him I probably wouldn't be there because my Mom asked me to go somewhere with her and I rarely say no to her. :) See there's an example of non-immersion! :) All of these things: washing your truck, dusting the house, watering the flowers, well they have to be done, as tedious as they are. I often feel very guilty if I let these things slide too long. :( That's why I'm hoping to hear from other members and how they juggle these things with their learning. I guess you just don't let the every day things hang you up enough on the important things, like achieving your dream. Here's a post I wrote on my website about Procrastination. http://myjourneytowealthat60.com/procrastination
Have a wonderful Saturday! :)
Kathy
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wtbee2013 Premium
left you a comment. I love your site you are doing great and love the post.
Can you erase my comment when you see it you will know why. ;O)
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Kathy1952 Premium
Done! :)
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