Ah! The ‘to learn list’.
Many years ago I went on a course on manual writing. I’d just become a computer trainer and my boss sent me on this course - she thought I needed the skills. She wasn’t far wrong - but I found some of the course fascinating.
To cut another epic comment-post short, one of the key tips for starting writing a manual was:
Write the contents page - neatly.
No kidding. And y’know. It works. It’s the psychological effect it has on making that starting leap. Clearly, the manual almost wrote itself after that momentous task was done.
A ‘to learn list’ works the same way. Different from a not-written-down skills-I-need-to-get-list :-)
It’s the immediacy of the thing, like writing instructions on a work sheet for kids.
“See if you can write a poem on . . .”
“Write a poem on . . .”.
There’s a whole Britannica difference between one approach and the other.
The “to learn list” will have a number of A1 tasks on it, for sure. Now an A1 task deserves to be written, if only to focus the mind.
But it’s more than that. It puts it firmly in the mind. How often has one written the shopping list and got to the supermarket to find it’s still lying on the kitchen table? I’ve done that so often, but, y’know, I race home after the shopping’s done to check the list. Most times I get the lot. I wonder how successful I might have been if I’d just not bothered to write the list at all.
So. Yep. The “to learn list” is one sure-fire way to make sure you’ll get it all done. And don’t just scribble it.
Take a clean lined sheet of refill. Sit at the writing desk, and in your best copperplate writing, draw up your list - with a pen. Pin it to the noticeboard when you’ve finished, sit back and wait for the learning to happen.