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2 Techniques You Can Use To Master Any Skill

2 Techniques You Can Use To Master Any Skill

If there is something you want to become good at, there is a method you can use to efficiently master that skill. I want you, for the moment, to forget there ever was such a thing as talent. Most of the things that people perceive as talent were just uniquely developed skills early in childhood. 

Read on to learn the two very powerful methods for you to be able to acquire a skill FAST.

Creating Grooves In The Brain. 

The thing about habits (whether it’s a behavioral habit or a habit of thinking) is that, as it is constantly repeated, it actually creates grooves in the brain. These neuro-connections become physical manifestations on the brain.

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It’s important that you begin to control your habits by becoming the driver of your own bus. Are you driving your bus or is someone else driving it?

The more that you are happy, the more you are training your mind to be positive and happy. If you always look for the negative in things, your mind will become very efficient at it. To create a specific habit, consistently do it and think it and eventually it will become automatic.

You know when you’re mastering this habit when you no longer have to pay it any attention, you do it automatically and rather than getting yourself to do it, you are now compelled to do it.

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It takes a rocket headed to the moon 80 percent of its fuel to leave the earth’s gravitational pull and it only uses 20 percent of its fuel to take it to the moon and back! When you’re creating a new habit (whether it’s eating differently, getting yourself to work out, stop smoking, etc), it will take a lot of energy in the beginning, but soon enough it will become automatic and compelling.

This concept of habit creation through consistency is a critical understanding when learning a skill.

Technique 1: Plan, Do, Review. 

Plan, do, review, is the same notion as “Ready, Fire, Aim.” Most people are “getting ready to get ready.” They’re essentially saying, “Ready, Aim, Aim, Aim, Aim, Aim….” and they never fire. They never take action.

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The critical part of mastering any skill is by mastering through adjusting. Back to the rocket metaphor, a rocket headed to the moon is off course 90 percent of the time! It’s those little jets that keeps it on course. Those little jets are the valuable corrections needed on your road to mastery. It cannot be done if the rocket hasn’t left the earth’s gravitational pull.

  1. Step 1: Make a plan. Okay, now I know what I have to do.
  2. Step 2: I do it. All I’ve got to worry about is the next step. Once I get there, then I’ll worry about the next step after that.
  3. Step 3: What did I learn?
  4. Step 4: Repeat. Adjust your plans accordingly from the data you’ve gotten from Step 2.

Technique 2: The 8th Wonder Of The World. 

Albert Einstein called “Compound Interest” the 8th wonder of the world. Once you’ve taken action on the road to mastering a specific skill, compound interest makes it so your learning from those actions do not add up, they compound each other.

In other words, your competency does not grow by addition, rather they grow exponentially. If you ate a donut everyday for a week, you won’t tell the difference. If you read 10 pages of a good book a day, you won’t tell the difference. Compound interest makes it so the results on your sixth month of consistently doing something will dwarf the results you’ve had for the past 5 months combined!

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How exciting is that?

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Last Updated on March 23, 2021

Manage Your Energy so You Can Manage Your Time

Manage Your Energy so You Can Manage Your Time

One of the greatest ironies of this age is that while various gadgets like smartphones and netbooks allow you to multitask, it seems that you never manage to get things done. You are caught in the busyness trap. There’s just too much work to do in one day that sometimes you end up exhausted with half-finished tasks.

The problem lies in how to keep our energy level high to ensure that you finish at least one of your most important tasks for the day. There’s just not enough hours in a day and it’s not possible to be productive the whole time.

You need more than time management. You need energy management

1. Dispel the idea that you need to be a “morning person” to be productive

How many times have you heard (or read) this advice – wake up early so that you can do all the tasks at hand. There’s nothing wrong with that advice. It’s actually reeks of good common sense – start early, finish early. The thing is that technique alone won’t work with everyone. Especially not with people who are not morning larks.

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I should know because I was once deluded with the idea that I will be more productive if I get out of bed by 6 a.m. Like most of you Lifehackers, I’m always on the lookout for productivity hacks because I have a lot of things in my plate. I’m working full time as an editor for a news agency, while at the same time tending to my side business as a content marketing strategist. I’m also a travel blogger and oh yeah, I forgot, I also have a life.

I read a lot of productivity books and blogs looking for ways to make the most of my 24 hours. Most stories on productivity stress waking up early. So I did – and I was a major failure in that department – both in waking up early and finishing early.

2. Determine your “peak hours”

Energy management begins with looking for your most productive hours in a day. Getting attuned to your body clock won’t happen instantly but there’s a way around it.

Monitor your working habits for one week and list down the time when you managed to do the most work. Take note also of what you feel during those hours – do you feel energized or lethargic? Monitor this and you will find a pattern later on.

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My experiment with being a morning lark proved that ignoring my body clock and just doing it by disciplining myself to wake up before 8 a.m. will push me to be more productive. I thought that by writing blog posts and other reports in the morning that I would be finished by noon and use my lunch break for a quick gym session. That never happened. I was sleepy, distracted and couldn’t write jack before 10 a.m.

In fact that was one experiment that I shouldn’t have tried because I should know better. After all, I’ve been writing for a living for the last 15 years, and I have observed time and again that I write more –and better – in the afternoon and in evenings after supper. I’m a night owl. I might as well, accept it and work around it.

Just recently, I was so fired up by a certain idea that – even if I’m back home tired from work – I took out my netbook, wrote and published a 600-word blog post by 11 p.m. This is a bit extreme and one of my rare outbursts of energy, but it works for me.

3. Block those high-energy hours

Once you have a sense of that high-energy time, you can then mold your schedule so that your other less important tasks will be scheduled either before or after this designated productive time.

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Block them out in your calendar and use the high-energy hours for your high priority tasks – especially those that require more of your mental energy and focus. You also need to use these hours to any task that will bring you closer to you life’s goal.

If you are a morning person, you might want to schedule most business meetings before lunch time as it’s important to keep your mind sharp and focused. But nothing is set in stone. Sometimes you have to sacrifice those productive hours to attend to other personal stuff – like if you or your family members are sick or if you have to attend your son’s graduation.

That said, just remember to keep those productive times on your calendar. You may allow for some exemptions but stick to that schedule as much as possible.

There’s no right or wrong way of using this energy management technique because everything depends on your own personal circumstances. What you need to remember is that you have to accept what works for you – and not what other productivity gurus say you should do.

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Understanding your own body clock is the key to time management. Without it, you end up exhausted chasing a never-ending cycle of tasks and frustrations.

Featured photo credit: Collin Hardy via unsplash.com

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