...  is by far the most effective method for rapidly improving your abilities at any skill.

It requires focused attention and is conducted with the specific goal of improving performance.

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45 Deliberate Practice Examples for Rapidly Improving Your Skills - Nat Eliason

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The Deliberate Practice Roadmap
  1. Find a teacher or a 'substitute.
  2. Assess your limits.
  3. Set SMART goals.
  4. Practice with focus.
  5. Get feedback.
  6. Repeat, while maintaining motivation.

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  • Look at an app’s UI, logo, color scheme, etc., hide it, then try to redesign it on your own from memory. Compare your design to the original.
  • Copy a work you like by drawing over it, then try to recreate it on your own. Compare your recreation to your copy, where were you weakest?
  • Use YouTube tutorials by skipping to the end, trying to reproduce it on your own, then watching the tutorial to help improve where your attempt was weaker.

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Come up with three different sales copy for a landing page, try to rank how they’ll perform relative to each other, then compare the results after testing.

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  • Watch a movie in a foreign language with the subtitles in English, cover the subtitles, and quiz yourself after every sentence they speak. 
  • Go to the mall in a foreign country and ask different people the same question to train yourself how to listen to their responses. 
  • Use a spaced repetition system to memorize and quiz yourself on vocabulary.
  • Read a book in a foreign language while also listening to the audio to force yourself to move at a normal pace through the book.

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  • Use a speed reading app to force yourself beyond your reading comfort zone while testing yourself for comprehension, and slowly up the speed as you’re comprehending things accurately.
  • After reading a book, or section of a book, close it and try to write a quick summary or bullet points of what you learned.

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  • Force yourself to start sentences over if you use filler words such as “like” “um” “uh” etc.
  • Give presentations with no words on the slides, only images.
  • Video tape yourself presenting and watch it to identify weak points.
  • Try other kinds of speaking such as stand up comedy, improv, dramatic interpretation.
  • Try stopping people on the street and keeping them entertained for as long as possible, using body gestures, excited speaking, etc

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  • Forbid yourself from using certain kinds of words, such as adjectives or adverbs.
  • Force yourself to write from a different perspective than you usually do, or in a different style.
  • Break up someone else’s writing and try to reproduce it on your own, such as by trying to recreate their structure, word choice, or other elements.
  • Writing articles or stories within a certain fixed timeframe.
  • Force yourself to convey ideas in extremely compact forms, like tweets or haikus.

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