Summary of “What Happened When I Tried to Learn Something New Every Day for a Month”

In attempt to challenge myself and step out of my comfort zone, I’ve decided to learn a new skill every day for a month.
I already learn new things everyday-reporting inherently prompts you to learn something each time you work on a story, even when it’s about an industry or topic that you’ve covered for years.
Thanks to Fast Company’s extensive coverage of brain science and its effect on productivity, I knew it wouldn’t be as simple as hitting up a new website, and I wanted at least the majority of the things I learned to fall into the category of useful skills.
So I parsed out a projected four weeks of learning roughly along the lines of cognitive and physical skills that ran the gamut between picking up some basic words and phrases of a new language and reciting poetry, to the aforementioned knitting, and the knife skills used in cooking.
I scheduled the more challenging ones for the beginning of the week, and on the weekends I gave myself the opportunity to just learn some fun facts.
From Learning a Language to How to Make Radish Flowers I started the challenge by trying to learn a few simple phrases in Hebrew since I am going to be attending a tech conference in Israel in September.
Making the Knowledge Stick What I tried to do while taking on these new skills and knowledge was to be mindful of how I was learning.
I discovered this through a report in The New York Times in which three experts confirmed that although children naturally learn languages more easily, adults can too, but it helps if the one they are trying to learn is in the same family as their first.

The orginal article.