I’ve been working with writers for years. And when it comes to learning new skills, I think most of us are pretty good at it. But we can still be doing things to slow us down.
There’s a reason why the fastest athletes in the world are all on a diet of protein shakes. It’s because eating only protein keeps them from having to train as hard.
I’m going to share 7 steps to help you learn faster.
STEP 1: Start Learning When You’re Hungry
It doesn’t matter what you’re learning. Whether it’s an entirely new skill or just something that you’ve wanted to do for a while. When you’re hungry, you’re more likely to actually apply yourself.
When you eat, your brain releases a hormone called ghrelin. This is the same hormone that makes you feel hungry. The more ghrelin your body produces, the more your brain will think you need food.
This means that when you’re hungry, you’ll be more motivated to learn. The reverse is also true. If you’re not hungry, you’ll probably be too tired to learn.
STEP 2: Pick a Lesson Plan
Your learning should have a goal. Whether it’s a specific project or a general topic, you should have a clear idea of where you want to end up by the time you’re finished.
The best way to figure out what your lesson plan is is to look at your past projects. For each one, write down what you learned and what you did right.
You’ll know which lessons to learn when you have a list like this:
STEP 3: Focus on Your Weaknesses
Everyone has weaknesses. When it comes to learning, you’ll always have a few things you’re still bad at.
Don’t try to avoid these. Instead, concentrate on them.
If you can’t find a lesson that covers a skill that you’re really bad at, skip it.
If you’re really bad at something, make a list of the other things you’re good at so you can focus on those.
STEP 4: Don’t Learn It All at Once
Most people think they should learn everything all at once. They believe that if they do this, they’ll be more knowledgeable than everyone else.
This is a mistake. You should never expect to become an expert in all things at once.
You’ll always have more to learn. It’s inevitable. You’ll only be able to stay ahead by continuously improving your skills.
STEP 5: Read and Watch Tutorials
Learning from someone else is one of the best ways to pick up new skills. It’s also one of the most efficient.
When you watch a tutorial, you’re not actually learning it yourself. You’re just seeing how someone else has already figured out how to do it.
STEP 6: Don’t Do Everything Yourself
There are plenty of things that you can do yourself. But there are a lot of things that you can’t.
When it comes to learning new skills, this is a good thing. You’ll learn faster and make less mistakes if you don’t try to do everything yourself.
STEP 7: Make Learning Part of Your Workday
If you’re going to learn something new, you should make it part of your daily routine.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen people learn something new on the side because they’re too busy to get it done.
It’s easy to fall into this trap. If you want to learn faster, you need to make learning a priority.
When you’re doing the work that matters most, you won’t have time to spend learning.