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

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

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

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Deliberate practice

...  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.

Art / Design

  • 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.

Copywriting

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.

Language Learning

  • 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.

Reading

  • 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.

Speaking / Presenting

  • 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

Writing

  • 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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Minimize distractions

Don't leave your phone and computer within arm’s reach during practice sessions. 

Put them where you can’t see or hear any notifications so you won’t be tempted to stop ...

Focus on quality

Start slow if you’re new to what you’re practicing so you can make sure you’re doing quality work, like landing one dance move well before moving onto the rest of the routine. 

Once you feel comfortable, increase your speed, but don’t lose sight of the quality of your practice.

Divide your practice into sessions

Give yourself breaks in between practice sessions. 

Even professional athletes and performers take time between sessions to recharge so they can maintain the right quality level during practice.

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"Learning is deeper and more durable when it's effortful... Learning that's easy is like writing in sand, here today and gone tomorrow."

 -  Make It Stick: The Science Of Suc...

Bring it back from memory

Retrieval is so effective is that it strengthens the neural pathways associated with a given concept.

When you're attempting to recall an idea, method, or technique from memory, you're retrieving. Flash cards are a great example: They force you to recall an idea from memory, unlike a technique like highlighting where you're not burning anything into your brain. 

Connect new ideas

... to what you already know.

When you try to put a new idea into your own words, you're elaborating.

For example, if you're in physics class and trying to understand heat transfer, try to tie the concept into your real-life experiences, say, by imagining how a warm cup of coffee disperses heat into your hands.

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Self-Care Ideas For The Soul
  • Help someone.
  • Write out your thoughts. Then let them go as you burn or bin the paper.
  • Hang out with people who emit enthusiasm and positivity.
Self-Care Ideas For The Body
  • Use the body scan technique to check in with each part of your body.
  • Breathe into your abdomen, and let the air puff out your stomach and chest three times.
  • Put on your favorite upbeat record and dance.
  • Stretch your body.
  • Run, walk or go up and down the stairs for a few minutes.
  • Pick two healthy breakfasts, lunches, and dinners and rotate for the week.
  • Look lovingly and without judgment at your naked self in the mirror.
  • Sit somewhere green, and be quiet for a few minutes.
  • Get fifteen minutes of sun. (Use sunscreen if appropriate.)
  • Do something that will give you a good laugh.
  • Take a quick nap. A few dozen minutes can reduce your sleep debt and freshen you up.
Self-Care Ideas For The Mind
  • Document the great things people say about you to read later.
  • Finish something that’s been on your to-do list for ages.
  • Change the way you make decisions. 
  • Mix up your routine in small ways to create new neural pathways in the brain and keep it healthy.
  • Pay complete attention to something you usually do on autopilot.
  • Schedule in five minutes of “play” several times throughout your day.
  • Create a deliberate habit, and routinize something small in your life by doing it, in the same way, each day.
  • Fix a small annoyance at home that’s been nagging you.
  • Do mini-meditations with one minute of awareness of your thoughts, feelings, and sensations.
  • Get out of your comfort zone, even if it’s just a little.

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