You are considering taking time off work to invest in learning some new skills. What are some useful ways to learn new skills? How do you invest your time in learning new skills? How long does it take to acquire new skills? You might have many questions.
Here is the perfect answer to become expert in anything.
It takes 10,000 hours to become an expert in anything according to Malcolm Gladwell. I know you do not want to invest 10,000 hours to learn something.
So here is the easiest process to learn anything quickly.
1. Choose a specific skill
Choose a specific skill that you find useful and that intrigues you. Picking the wrong skill can prevent you from succeeding from the start. You need the great motivation and perseverance necessary to become successful.
2. Deconstruct the skill
Break down the skills into basic, practical steps, find the most important steps to practice first. Make each step easily attainable. Identify the hardest part of the skill you’re learning. Find ways to address that part in a focused way.
3. Find the expert and gather up all the tools needed to learn and practice the skill.
Stop reinventing the wheel. Find out somebody who is already expert at the skill you want to learn and get help from him. You’ll get much more from your sessions than if you practice alone, or with others that don’t know what they’re doing. He would help you figure out how you learn best, what you should be trying to do and give the feedback quickly.
Gather up books, videos, articles and podcasts related to your skill. Learn enough to self-correct yourself.
4. Envision the end result and commit to practice.
“That is the way to learn the most, that when you are doing something with such enjoyment that you don’t notice that the time passes.” Albert Einstein
Practice makes perfect. Deliberate practice will always result in improvements. You need to invest time in reading, thinking, doing the step repeatedly.
- Stop reading. Start doing. The more you practice, the faster you learn.
- Practice for at least 20 hours.
- Write a summary of everything as precisely as possible.
- Repeat, repeat, repeat.
5. Set a deadline.
“Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.” Parkinson’s Law
Scheduling your time increases productivity, makes you feel more in control of your life allows you to cut interruptions and makes you more productive.
Give yourself less time to do the step. Use the Pomodoro technique.
6. Stop multitasking.
Don’t multitask at all. It is not productive at all. It makes you feel productive, but it is not. Your brain spends energy and time changing from one task to another. Multi-tasking takes a lot of mental power and if you are trying to complete an important task while doing something else you will not output quality results.
You should focus learning one skill at a time. You can switch your attention from task to task in rapid succession and call it multitasking, but that only results in doing many things poorly.
Turn off any kind of distractions. Identify and remove anything that distracts you from focusing on the skill you want to learn. Stop checking your emails every ten minutes, scrolling through your social media sites Facebook, Twitter, Instagram feed, surfing the internet a lot.
7. Get instant feedback
Get feedback instantly to know what success looks like quickly. It is vitally important to the learning process. It helps you evaluate how well you’re doing and find areas for improvement. Faster feedback is always better.
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