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9 Proven Tips for Learning a New Skill Quickly and Effectively

I love trying out new hobbies. Learning a new skill can be so exciting and rewarding. But it can also be daunting and overwhelming at times. Are you trying to learn a new language? Maybe you want to play a musical instrument or practice a new sport? Maybe, like me, you want to get better at drawing and painting. There are certain tips and strategies that can help you speed up the learning process and achieve your goals. As someone who loves learning new things, I want to share my 9 best tips for getting pretty good, pretty fast! I’ll include my own goals for drawing and painting as examples, so follow along.

Set clear and specific goals

Before you begin learning a new skill, set a few very clear and specific goals for yourself. This will give you a sense of direction and purpose. And it will help you stay motivated and focused throughout the process. Make sure it is measurable and achievable. That’s not always easy when it comes to creative hobbies, but be as specific as you can be.

My clear and specific goal is to finish three Domestika courses this year that focus on drawing and watercolor painting.

Break down the skill into smaller chunks

Learning a new skill can be overwhelming if you try to tackle it all at once. Instead, break it down into smaller, more manageable chunks. This will make the learning process feel much more manageable. And it will help you build confidence as you progress through each step.

My first small chunk is learning how to draw flowers and plants.

Practice consistently

Consistency is key when it comes to learning a new skill. Sporadically won’t do it, unfortunately. So make sure to set aside time each day to practice, even if it is just for a few minutes. This will help you build muscle memory and improve your skills more quickly. Remember, we are going for progress, not perfection.

I want to sketch something in my small sketchbook every day. It doesn’t matter how small or simple it is.

Feedback and guidance

Don’t be afraid to seek feedback and guidance from others who already have expertise in the skill you are trying to learn. Whether it is a teacher, mentor, or friend, getting feedback from others can help you identify areas for improvement and make corrections early on. Additionally, having someone to hold you accountable can help you stay motivated and on track with your learning goals. I am lucky to have several people in my life who are great artists, and they are always happy to tell me what I can change or improve. Super helpful!

When I finish a painting or drawing, I will send a picture to at least one person I can trust to give me honest and constructive feedback.

Take breaks and rest

Okay, I realize it sounds like I am contradicting myself. First, I told you to practice consistently, and now I’m telling you to take a break. But I promise, it makes sense. It is so important to give your mind and body time to rest while you are learning a new skill. Taking breaks can help prevent burnout. It can also help to improve your focus and concentration. So make sure to schedule regular breaks during your practice sessions and listen to your body and your brain when they tell you that they need rest.

Experiment

Don’t be afraid to experiment and try new approaches. What works for me may not work for you. So it’s important to be open-minded and willing to try different methods. Keep going until you find what works best for you. Keep in mind that learning is a journey, and you may need to adapt and adjust your approach along the way.

I will follow four tutorials from different artists online and try to learn something that I can use from each of them.

Stay positive and persistent

There’s no way around it: learning a new skill is challenging. That’s part of the fun, right?! But there will be times when you feel frustrated or discouraged. It’s unavoidable. Still, it is important to stay positive and persistent. Remind yourself of your goals and keep pushing forward. With time and effort, you will see progress and improvement. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made an ugly drawing, and I get so annoyed because I want to be better already. But I keep reminding myself that it might just take a thousand ugly drawings before I get where I want to be. Each ugly drawing I make brings me a step closer.

I will remind myself that no one starts out being good. I will be kind to myself when I don’t feel like I am progressing quickly enough, and I will keep trying.

Reward yourself for milestones

Celebrate your achievements and milestones along the way to learning a new skill. Whether it is mastering a difficult technique, finishing that online course you’ve been working on, or creating something you are really happy with, make sure to reward yourself for your hard work and dedication! This is a big deal! Taking time to celebrate will help keep you motivated and engaged, and it will make the learning process a lot more fun.

When I finish my third drawing course, I will treat myself to a new set of brush pens!

Surround yourself with supportive people

Finally, surround yourself with people who support you and who believe in you and your ability to succeed. This could be a friend, a family member, or someone who is learning the same skill. Having a strong support system can make a world of difference! Look for those positive influences who will encourage and motivate you, and who will celebrate your successes with you.

Learning a new skill can be a challenging but rewarding experience. But with dedication, perseverance, and a positive mindset, you can learn a new skill quickly and effectively. Good luck!

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