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A Simple Strategy for Getting Better at Things

https://www.scotthyoung.com/blog/2016/07/12/get-better/

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A Simple Strategy for Getting Better at Things
How often do you catch yourself saying, "I wish I were better at _____." Maybe you want to be better at exercising regularly, your relationships or your work. Maybe you'd like to be more artistic, athletic or multilingual. Getting better at things requires work. It doesn't happen too often that you can immediately get better ...

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Habits or Skills

Habits or Skills

Decide whether what you're trying to improve is mostly a habit or mostly a skill: if your main problem is with doing something you already know how to do, but doing it consistently, that’s probably a habit. If your main problem is not knowing how to do something well enough, that’s probably a skill.

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Improving a habit

Improving a habit

This process has 3 main parts: 

  • Define the habit you want to form clearly and consistently;
  • Condition it until it is relatively easy to maintain. 
  • Maintain the habit by monitoring it. If you slip, push to reassert the habit quickly.

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Improving skills

Improving skills

The best strategy for getting better at skills is deliberate practice. A good way to work on this is to divide it into 3: 

  • Practice the skill. 
  • Get timely feedback on how well you’re performing.
  • Focus on your weak points with selective drills and constrained practice.

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Albert Einstein

“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”

Albert Einstein

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Perceptual Learning

Is the idea that we learn unconsciously through our senses in a self-regulated way, without requiring external reinforcement. 

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Pick a few ideas that you think have the potential to benefit your life most. Then allocate time, energy and resources to practice those ideas.