Thursday, May 22, 2008

Are you an owl or a lark? It's in your Learning Style...

Sandra is employed by a small marketing company. On weekends, she reads novels until two o'clock every the morning - then sleeps till lunchtime the next day. That is her natural rhythm, something she feels comfortable with. On Mondays, however, she has to get up before seven to attend weekly meetings at the office.
“My boss is so clearly a morning person, it hurts,” she complains. “He arrives at work at eight-thirty every Monday morning, fresh and energetic. My two colleagues await him bight-eyed, bushy-tailed and full of creativity. And all I can do is gulp my coffee, mug after mug, stifle the yawns and think that if the early bird gets the worm, then it’s also the early worm that gets caught.”
It’s not that Sandra is not stimulated by her work. “My job is my passion,” she says. The time of day is well after dinner, so it’s not surprising that her face is glowing when she tells me about her new ideas for this year’s brochures and the new cold marketing approach she’s planning. “But is it my fault that the best ideas come to me around midnight? When the house is dark and quiet, and the children fast asleep, that’s when I really enjoy playing around with colour and layout.”
There are many factors that may influence our concentration. Time of day is only one of the many elements that comprise our learning style and affect our work. Others include:
- noise
- level of details
- structure
- and many others.

What would make you work or learn better? Find out today.

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