It seems that 24 hours is concise. But in fact, you can significantly improve your skills or learn something fundamentally new during this time. This is convincingly proved by the author of the book “ The First 20 Hours how to learn anything quickly,” Josh Kaufman, who learned the Ruby programming language, Chinese chess, and ukulele in a year many bloggers who post videos on YouTube showing the results of 24-hour challenges.
It is unnecessary to study for a day without a break; you can stretch 24 hours for a week, two, or at least a month. An ongoing challenge will also be an interesting, albeit difficult experience: limited time and excitement, it is quite possible, will spur you on and help you do even more than you planned.
6 steps to get better in 24 hours
Determine the target skill level
Decide exactly what you want to learn, what results to come in the long term and the near future. For example: confidently ride a bike, play the songs of your favorite band on the guitar, knit hats.
Disassemble the skill into elements
Analyze what steps the skill consists of and where to start. For example, if you want to learn how to crochet, the first steps are stitches, single crochet, single crochet, and reading simple patterns. These skills are enough to knit a hat, scarf, toy, socks, or blanket without complicated patterns.
Prepare everything you need for classes.
Materials, training videos, books, workplace. You don’t have to download all the lessons you find or buy expensive consumables. Start with the bare minimum to make you feel comfortable without hitting your wallet hard.
Create a comfortable environment. Look for a window in your timetable and make sure that nothing distracts you during class.
Success in new endeavors largely depends on how noticeable the progress is. Therefore, think about how best to record the first victories. For some activities, “before” and “after” are already clearly visible. For example, if you are painting, you need to put two words next to each other – the old one and the new one.
And in other areas, you need to come up with a different way of assessing. Record on camera how you skate, take a test that determines the level of proficiency in a foreign language, contact the teacher.
Exercise regularly, intensively, in short intervals.
George Kaufman recommends that you set a timer for 20 minutes several times a day and devote that time to the skill you are learning. He believes that this format helps to maintain concentration and motivation; thus, you learn faster than with longer lessons.
At first, he advises thinking more not about the quality of what you are doing but about speed and quantity. This way, you do more, which means you hone your skill faster.
Note: Let’s be realistic: you cannot become a master in any business, not master a profession, not learn a foreign language in 24 hours. But you can stop being a complete amateur and reach a sufficient level, which, if desired, can be raised in the future.
Adapted and translated by The Cop Cart Staff
Sources: Life hacker