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4 simple tips on how to practice effectively

Effective practice

It's consistent, intensely focused, and targets content or weaknesses that lie at the edge of one’s current abilities.

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Mastering any skill takes practice

Practice is the repetition of an action with the goal of improvement. It helps us perform with more ease, speed, and confidence.

Mastering any physical skill takes practice. And it isn’t simply about the number of hours of practice. It’s also about the quality and effectiveness of that practice.

Focus on the task at hand

Minimize potential distractions by turning off the computer or TV and putting your cell phone on airplane mode.

Start out slowly

Coordination is built with repetitions, whether correct or incorrect. If you gradually increase the speed of the quality repetitions, you have a better chance of doing them correctly.

Multiple daily practice sessions

Frequent repetitions with assigned breaks are common practice habits of elite performers.

Many divide their time used for effective practice into multiple daily practice sessions of limited duration.

Practice in your brain

 ... in vivid detail. Research shows hat once a physical motion has been established, it can be reinforced just by imagining it.

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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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  • We enjoy doing the tasks assigned to us
  • We feel right about the people we are working with
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  • We feel respected and acknowledged at work
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Happy employees are compulsory for a growing business.

A study on organizational success revealed that employees who feel happy in the workplace are 65% more energetic than employees who don’t. They are two times more productive and are more likely to sustain their jobs over a long period of time.

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Learning how to learn

Learning how to learn is a meta-skill. It is a critical skill for everyone who needs to pick up and master new concepts frequently.

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Focused and Diffuse Mode

Focused and diffuse modes provide two models for how we develop, elaborate, deepen and broaden connections. Both methods are important.

  • The focused mode of learning is about bringing related concepts together into a unit, called a chunk. 
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