Let me know if you can see yourself in this situation.
You have learned something useful.
You have that in some place of your mind, you really know it.
The grand final: you didn’t remember to apply this knowledge.
Having something and not using it is like not having it. Every time this happens, I feel bad because t’s like falling in the last mile.
An approach that I suggest is to create a process and iterate on it. When you learn something you should take notes also on how to integrate it into this process. As soon as possible try to integrate what you have learned into the loop. So your learning process should aim to be an integral part of what you are building.
Sounds trivial? Well, in my experience, know something and put it into practice are two different things. My intention here is just to call your attention to this particular aspect.
It’s fun to learn so many things, but as we all know our time is limited. Selecting is one of the most important skills we need to equip ourselves, especially if we want to become reference figures and experts in something.
Having a repeatable, effective and structured loop helps us not to lose anything along the way.