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5 Techniques To Help You Master Any Skill

5 Techniques To Help You Master Any Skill

In today’s world, there are so many things to learn, and experience, yet most people would rather stick to what they already know, and not bother to take a leap, and experience something new.  If you were 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 wanting to pick up a new skill, and being able to learn it well, and learn it in a timely manner, check out these 5 techniques I came across that will help you do just that.

1. Deconstruct the skill, and make it less overwhelming.

When you start to learn something new, it can become extremely overwhelming, which can cause you to give up on it before you even start.  A lot of skills are usually a bunch of skills put together.  Take baseball as an example.  Yo have to know how to bat, throw, and catch.  Rather than going out and just trying to play baseball, try playing catch with a friend one day, and go to the batting cages the next. By breaking it down into two separate sessions, you don’t overwhelm yourself with trying to do it all at once.

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2. Commit yourself to 20 hours of practice.

This is the whole focus in Josh Kaufmans “The First 20 Hours: How To Learn Anything…Fast”.  Before you start to learn something new, set a goal point that you would like to reach, and write down a schedule and stick to it!  It will certainly be hard in the first few hours of practicing, but if you can get past that you will be more likely to succeed.

3. Define what it means to you to “master” the skill.

Everybody interprets things differently.  One person’s definition of mastering a skill may be way different than yours.  Think of baking as an example.  Somebody who wants to master baking may think they need to learn how to make a perfect souffle, but you might interpret this as that you want to bake a batch of cupcakes for your daughter’s bake sale.  If you set an unreasonable goal for yourself, and try to learn more than you can in your 20-hour practice time, you are likely to give up sooner.  On the other hand, if you set a reasonable goal for yourself, and you stick to it, you can either practice until you reach the goal, or continue practicing up to your 20-hour mark.

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4. Imagine yourself doing the skill.

Make it a habit to visualize yourself performing the skill you are trying to learn.  I have learned that by doing this, by visualizing yourself doing the task, it boosts your morale, and you feel more confident within yourself that you can master the skill exactly how you want to.

5. Be cocky, but be humble.

Once you are past the first few hours of practice, and you are starting to pick up the skill a little better, free to act like you are 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 get to your head.  The worst thing you can do to your progress is be 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.  Its okay to feel proud of how far you came, but don’t for get to keep moving forward.

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Don’t keep telling yourself that you do not have any time to learn a new skill.  These 5 tips are a good way to help you learn something new, and learn it quickly.  Why deprive yourself from new experiences?  Get out there and learn!

Featured photo credit: Rocky Balboa/Sylvester Stallone via imdb.com

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Last Updated on August 6, 2020

Why Working 9 to 5 Is Outdated

Why Working 9 to 5 Is Outdated

Bristol is the most congested city in England. Whenever I have to work at the office, I ride there, like most of us do. Furthermore, I always make sure to go at off hours; otherwise, the roads are jam-packed with cars, buses, bikes, even pedestrians. Why is that? Because everyone is working a traditional 9 to 5 work day.

Where did the “9 to 5” Come From?

It all started back in 1946. The United States government implemented the 40 hour work week for all federal employees, and all companies adopted the practice afterwards. That’s 67 years with the same schedule. Let’s think about all the things that have changed in the 67 years:

  • We went to the moon, and astronauts now live in space on the ISS.

  • Computers used to take up entire rooms and took hours to make a single calculation. Now we have more powerful computers in our purses and back pockets with our smartphones.

  • Lots of employees can now telecommute to the office from hundreds, and even thousands of miles away.

In 1946 a 9-5 job made sense because we had time after 5pm for a social life, a family life. Now we’re constantly connected to other people and the office, with the Internet, email on our smartphones, and hashtags in our movies and television shows. There is no downtime anymore.

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Different Folks, Different Strokes

Enjoying your downtime is an important part of life. It recharges your batteries and lets you be more productive. Allowing people to balance life and work can provide them with much needed perspective and motivation to see the bigger picture of what they are trying to achieve.

Some people are just more productive when they’re working at their optimal time of day, after feeling well rested and personally fulfilled.  For some that can be  from 4 a.m. to 9 a.m; for others, it could be  2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

People have their own rhythms and routines. It would be great if we could sync our work schedule to match. Simply put, the imposed 8-hour work day can be a creativity and morale killer for the average person in today’s world.

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Productivity and Trust Killer

Fostering creativity among employees is not always an easy endeavor, but perhaps a good place to start is by simply not tying their tasks and goals to a fixed time period. Let them work on their to-do list at their own pace, and chances are, you’ll get the best out of your employee who feels empowered instead of babysat.

That’s not to say that you should  allow your team to run wild and do whatever they want, but restricting them to a 9 to 5 time frame can quickly demoralize people. Set parameters and deadlines, and let them work at their own creative best with the understanding that their work is crucial to the functioning of the entire team.

Margaret Heffernan, an entrepreneur who previously worked in broadcasting, noted to Inc that from her experience, “treating employees like grown-ups made it more likely that they would behave the same way.” The principle here is to have your employees work to get things done, not to just follow the hands on the clock.

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A Flexible Remote Working Policy

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer famously recalled all her remote workers, saying she wanted to improve innovation and collaboration, but was that the right decision? We’ve all said that we’re often more productive in a half day working from home than a full day working in the office, right? So why not let your employees work remotely from home?

There are definitely varying schools of thought on remote working. Some believe that innovation and collaboration can only happen in a boardroom with markers, whiteboards and post-it notes and of course, this can be true for some. But do a few great brainstorms trump a team that feels a little less stressed and a little more free?

Those who champion remote working often note that these employees are not counting the clock, worried about getting home, cooking dinner or rushing through errands post-work. No one works their 9-5 straight without breaks here and there.  Allowing some time for remote working means employees can handle some non-work related tasks and feel more accomplished throughout the day. Also, sometimes we all need to have a taste of working in our pajamas, right?

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It’ll be interesting to see how many traditional companies and industries start giving their employees more freedom with their work schedule. And how many end up rescinding their policies like Yahoo did.

What are your thoughts of the traditional 9-5 schedule and what are you doing to help foster your team’s productivity and creativity? Hit the comments and let us know.

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