When we go to high school or college, we are introduced to a new variety of subjects that we may not have studied before. Depending on our interests and learning capacity, we acquire the new skills at our own pace, which can be slow or fast.
But they say that it takes 10,000 hours to master any skill. That means at least 4 hours per day for the next 7 years. Who has the time for that?
What if, for instance, we need to master the guitar for the music class or the coding skill for the programming class in time for the upcoming exams? We need an efficient system to help us gain new skills ASAP. So here are some tips that will help you:
1.Break Down Your Skill Into Mini-Skills
A big goal, such as “learning how to paint” can be intimidating. Before you actually start practicing, you need to be sure that you know exactly what you are going to learn and how to do it. Therefore, you need to set mini-skills or sub-skills and slowly make your way up to the major goal. This technique will help you work on one thing at a time and make the whole process seem less intimidating.
2.Make Your New Skill a Priority
Take your calendar and see when you are available to practice your new skill. If you don’t have time every day, you need to make time for it. Create a timetable that works for you, start with a small milestone of 20 hours per month and increase it with time. Make sure you are willing to do the work before starting to practice. Otherwise, it won’t work.
3.Study the Theory & Shift to Real Practice
It is important that you know the theoretical base of your new skill before practicing it in context. For instance, if you are trying to learn a new language, you will first study the grammar rules, and then you will jump straight into conversations in that specific language, grammar exercises etc. Both parts are equally important when it comes to acquiring a new skill.
Finally, use a diary or find a way to mark your daily progress (e.g. a vision board, a blog). At some point, your motivation will fade, but reading through your progress will help to maintain it.