Despite thousands of differences between you and me, if we are going to agree with only a couple of things they would be:
- You cannot ever learn everything
- You need to learn to grow
Regardless of the activities, you are involved in your day to day life; you don’t stop learning.
Hate your day job because of your arrogant boss? Learn how he’s become the boss. There are at least 3-4 things you can learn from him. That’s how you become one.
Hate your job because it pays you too low? Learn, acquire a new skill that will help you get paid more. The more you learn, the more you master, the faster you grow.
Snipers invest a lot of time to master shooting (not talking about the head-shot here). They spend 3x amount of time to practice than learning it. That’s how they acquire the skill.
Now before you cry to me that you don’t have time, here is a secret.
What if I tell you that you can learn faster, way faster than you think you can? Let’s put you into the “Super fast learning” mode.
Why do you need to learn faster?
- You don’t have all the time in the world
- You want to get things done in time
- You can acquire more skills, faster than your peers & competitors
- You gain potential to exponentiate your growth
- You get more time to spend with your friends & family
Here is a quick example of how learning faster can help you doing your job better.
Task A takes 16 hours for you to complete. You start learning how to work smarter & after a week or two, you can complete job A within 12-14 hours. You save 2 hours for each task. Not bad, right?
Now I put you into “learn faster” mode, and after a couple of weeks, you can complete the same task within 8 – 10 hours, literally half the time. Too good to be true?
In fact, you can beat my predictions here by doing far better.
How to learn faster?
With an enormous amount of information available everywhere (blogs, ebooks, library, people) it is very easy to get attracted to shiny objects and leave your goal aside. So, take a pen & a piece of paper, write down what’s your goal.
I am going to help you achieve that goal by training you to learn faster. You will be able to mindmap as you read through.
Remember, you have the power to learn anything faster and remember them forever. Let’s go!
1. Your interest matters, always
You would be interested in a lot of things. But, to learn faster pick just one thing to start with.
By this, I am talking about your undivided attention.
If you ever need to learn 2 things simultaneously, see if you can
- Tag them along – Eg: Create a Facebook ad + write a very good ad title
- Identify which one gets priority & focus on that first
- Find out what interests you more right now
Let’s keep going.
2. Start with learning what you need to know to get a task done
You have the potential to learn anything you desire, but one thing at a time. Break down your goals into simple objectives.
For example, you want to become a Social Media Analyst & be one of the top 10 in your country. Can you do it in a day? No.
- Your goal should be: Establishing your presence in one network. Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, etc.
- Objectives should be: Identifying your target audience, finding right content to post, choosing best thumbnails to increase CTR & so on
3. Break complex learning into smaller parts
Say, you wanted to learn about SEO. First, break it down into:
- On page SEO
- Off page SEO
Treat the above two as Projects. Now, time to split your projects into tasks.
On page SEO
- Keyword Research
- LSI Keywords
- Meta & Alt Tags
- Sitemap, Robots
- Rich content, snippets & so on
Off page SEO
- Gaining backlinks via Outreach
- Content repurposing
- Web 2.0
- PBN (I personally wouldn’t recommend it)
You got the drill, right? This is how you learn more, faster.
4. Practice as soon as you learned
Learned something new today? Good. Immediately practice what you’ve learned in different real-life scenarios before you move on to learn something else.
Example: Say you learned about finding the optimal timing to post on FB pages for the maximum reach.
Create multiple pages for various niches. Publish content across all those pages to figure out the optimal timing for each one of them.
Don’t rely only on experts’ words who say, “This is the best time to post. Do it.”
Remember, one size doesn’t fit for all.
5. Focus on the process
While you’re implementing, don’t bother about the outcome. Focussing on the outcome will only ruin the process. Don’t do it.
You are going to make plenty of mistakes. Be willing to accept criticism. Take it as a part of your job.
Mistakes are a part of learning. It is only going to help you learn faster & remember forever.
You are born with natural talents. But unless you put those talents into work, you are not going to grow.
So, start implementing that one thing you have learned today!
6. Write down everything you learned
You are going to learn faster when you implement what you’ve read/watched. Make sure to note down every new finding you come up with.
When you learn faster, you learn a lot of things in short time. To remember all of them forever, it’s a must for your to write them down.
Go old school. Use pen & paper.
Your hand-eye coordination when you write down is going to tell your brain to memorize things, find a place to store in it.
7. Reward yourself when you complete a set of smaller tasks
Rewarding is a wonderful way to psychologically boost your self-esteem.
Every living being craves for an appreciation. Would you work harder if you are never going to get promoted? No!
After you finish the steps #2 to #6, reward yourself with a little everyday. Buy yourself a pack of tacos (Yeah, tacos are love), maybe.
8. Always learn from multiple sources
You’ve started learning what you needed to know. It’s very important to learn from multiple sources, given a large amount of data being uploaded on the web every day.
You are going to start implementing what you have learned. You definitely don’t want to try something that will get you banned or even worse, receive a notice for violating policies.
I first read about PBN Network / Link farming back in 2010. There was a super popular network called “Build My Rank” that offered PBN services, which helped lots of websites ranking faster.
Few of my friends were investing money on BMR network (BuildMyRank) like crazy, to rank their own websites and their clients’.
Google found a large number of websites ranking, in a totally unnatural way. They rolled out a series of algorithms to take away websites like BMR. Not only that, hundreds & thousands of websites that were practicing this method to rank got Blacklisted. Years & years of work gone overnight.
Note: You can still find plenty of PBN networks successful, but I wouldn’t recommend you taking that route.
9. Share what you learned
Let me ask you a question.
What’s one thing you remember the most? Your childhood memories or what you had for dinner 2 weeks back.
We both know it’s the former. Why? Because you shared it with your friends for years, and you’re going to remember it for another 50 years.
Leverage the power of sharing.
10. Stay Healthy
Drink 8-12 glasses of water every day. Keeping yourself hydrated would help you learn faster.
Dehydration is going to dry your brain & won’t let you remember anything.Unlearning doesn’t mean you have to forget all you’ve learned or not putting them into use.
Also, do some stretches every day to wake up your body. Next wake up your mind with 5 minutes of meditation.
11. Find yourself a hobby
“Seriously? But I hardly have time to learn new things.” If you could hear your inner you saying that, scroll all the way up to #1 and re-read.
Although learning what you are passionate about could never be boring, it’s good to take breaks and pick up a hobby.
It helps to rewire your brain to improve your concentration when you are at work.
1. I use Blinkist to listen to one book every day. It’s a wonderful app that will summarize a book of 200+ pages & read it out for you. Always good to finish reading a book while you finish your jogging, right? :)
2. Fan of reading books? Sign up at Brain.Fm It helps you focus big time
Find any interesting hacks here? What other methods do you follow to learn faster?
Let me know in the comments below.