I often say that I have some of my best ideas when I am talking something over. The act of communicating my feelings and thoughts about a topic help to trigger other, new thoughts. I know that when I am prevented from talking to with people — due to a heavy work schedule or other commitments — my thinking suffers.
Perhaps you could put together a regular meeting of some like-mined folks to help you think some new thoughts, too, or help you better understand a topic you are all learning for the first time.
Do you have a “study” group or just an informal gathering of folks on a regular basis? Tell us about it in the comments.
Sometimes the act of learning something new can be a bit difficult on your own. You can read all the books or articles you want, but it doesn’t always sink in completely. Productivity blog Pick the Brain has a really simple solution borrowed directly from the education system: find a study buddy to talk it out with.