Review your work.
Tonight I finally typed up all my notes from last week's retreat. Guess what, I wish I'd done it sooner. In our facebook group, someone mentioned that they'd been reviewing their notes every day since. I was like "damn, I need to start doing that!"
I feel less lost than I have the rest of this week. I've been making steps. Doing stuff, but without much of an overall vision. It's all been a bit disjointed. Which is fine. Sometimes you have to put things together wrong before you can figure out how to put them together right (Hah, see, I did learn something from my time as a small engine mechanic!).
But after reading and typing up the notes, I feel more on track, more collected, more focused, and most importantly, more hopeful. I have a little more faith in myself that I will be able to figure out this "work for myself" thing.
So, when you have an opportunity to learn and take notes, do it. And then review them after the learning event is over. Review them regularly. It will help the flood of information stick.