We all crave to be better at something. There are so many things to learn in today’s world, experience, though most people would instead stick to what they already know and not bother to leap and experience something new. After all, self-improvement is necessary to get ahead at work.
Once you know what you want to be better at, then be it public speaking, using social media, or analyzing data — how do you start? If you are to ask somebody what may prevent them from learning a new skill, I am sure they would use time as an excuse. If you are serious about picking up a new skill and learning it well, and learning it on time, you can follow some general rules.
Though, of course, learning techniques will vary depending on the skill and the person.
To ensure you get to success, listed here are 10 ways to become skilled at anything quickly to encourage you to get qualified.
1. Be curious
Read anything and everything you can get your hands on – and the massive part of your reading should be reading that is hard copy (books, newspapers, magazines). This is because we cherish information differently when reading offline than when reading online. So ask yourself serious questions about what you’ve read, and it will lead you to read more things in different fields. So engage yourself in studying–reading books, online courses, attending college, watching videos, attending seminars and training programs, learning from other experts within the field.
2. Be uncomfortable
You learn best when you’re reaching.Though Flow is excellent, it is not the best way to learn. When you want to be stretched to the edge of your ability, then it needs to be hard, and that’s how your brain grows. We learn when we’re in our discomfort zone and we’re struggling; that’s when you’re getting smarter. The more time you spend there, the faster you learn. It’s better to spend a very high quality ten minutes, or even ten seconds than it is to spend a mediocre hour. You want to practice where you are on the edge of your ability, reaching over and over again, making mistakes, failing, realizing those mistakes, and getting again.
3. Check your readiness
When working on a new skill or competency, you need to ask yourself two things. The first is your goal attainable. Weintraub explains,
“There are certain limits to what you can learn,” For example, you may want to be a brain surgeon but not have the eye-hand coordination required.” The second thing is, how much time and energy can you give to the project? “It’s not like going to the pharmacy and getting a prescription filled,” says Weintraub. Self-improvement is hard work. Halvorson agrees: “Many people implicitly believe that if you have to work hard at something, it means you lack ability. This is rubbish.” Instead, recognize that learning a new skill takes extreme commitment. Unless your goal is attainable and you’re prepared to work hard, you won’t get very far.
4. Deconstruct and Reverse Engineer
Break down the skill that you want to learn into tiny pieces and learn techniques to master several portions. The small details will come together to build up the whole skill. For example, when you want to play the guitar, learn how to press down a chord pattern with your fingers first without strumming the chord. Once you can change between a couple of chord patterns, then add the strumming.
5. Imagine yourself doing the skill
Make it a habit to expose yourself to performing the skill you are trying to learn. I have learned that throughout this, visualizing yourself doing the task boosts your morale, and you get more confident within yourself that you can master the skill exactly how you want to.
6Teach someone else
If you imagine that you’ll need to teach someone else the task you are trying to grasp, you can speed up your learning and remember more, according to a study done by Washington University in St. Louis. The expectation changes your mindset so that you go about more effective approaches to learn than those who know to pass a test, according to John Nestojko, a postdoctoral researcher in psychology and co-author of the study. Sleeping between two learning sessions significantly improves retention. Nestojko writes, “When teachers prepare to teach, they tend to seek out key points and organize information into a coherent structure.” “Our results suggest that students also turn to these types of effective learning strategies when they expect to teach.”
7. Be cocky, but be humble
Once you passed the first few hours of exercise and are starting to pick up the skill a little better, feel free to act like you already have been doing it for a while. This is another way to boost your confidence and make learning, even more go a lot better. On the other hand, don’t let it set to your head. The worst thing you can do to your progress is too cocky because then you will feel like you know everything about it when the truth is that you probably have a lot more to learn. It’s okay to feel proud of how far you came, but don’t forget to keep moving forward. And don’t keep telling yourself that you don’t have any time to learn a new skill.
8. Make sure it’s needed
Weintraub suggests you also make sure the skill is topical to your career, organization, or both. You may be jazzed up about learning how to speak in front of large audiences, but does your manager value that? Unless you need the skill for your job or a future position, it’s unlikely you’ll get money for training or support from your manager. Gaining a new skill is an investment, and you need to know upfront what the return will be.
9. Complete short sprints
To force yourself into enduring hours upon hours of dedication, rather than work in short sprints of about 20-30 minutes, then get up and stretch or take a short walk. For this, your brain’s attention span works best with short breaks, so be sure to give it the little rest it needs. One study found that the students who took two short breaks when studying performed better than those who didn’t take gaps between two groups of students.
10. Know how you learn best
Some learn best by looking at graphics or reading, and others would rather watch demonstrations or listen to things being explained. Still, others need a “hands-on” experience. Halvorson says you can figure out your ideal learning style by looking back. “Reflect on some of your past learning experiences, and make a list of good ones and another list of bad ones,” she says. “What did the good, effective experiences have in common? How about the bad ones? Identifying common strands can help you determine the learning environment that works best for you.”
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