Your growth plan
As in every project, if you do not plan, you will fail to plan. Start with a three-month written growth plan. Write it down to make you think clearly. Three months at a time gives you motivation to achieve results. Make a table where the columns from left to right are serial number, impact or goal, output measurement, goal and deadline, quality, input operations, required resources, and weekly score. Assume that the first need is to learn advanced Excel techniques. Then the impact may be that I can complete my work faster. Output measurement-using Excel without support, the goal is a 90% success rate three months ago. Quality-do it well from memory. Input operation-invest three hours a week to learn from Youtube videos and implement it on the current worksheet. Finally, there are resources—seeking help from colleagues. Keep this table and give yourself 10 points every week. This form allows you to grow from 0/10 to 8 or 9 in three months.
Michael Simmons, the founder of Empact, made the five-hour rule popular. He said that the most successful people spend at least one hour or five hours learning or practicing at least every day or every week in their lives. From reading, this is Bill Gates’ common habit, Warren Buffett, Jack Ma, Elon Musk and many self-made billionaires. Start at 15 minutes a day, 5 minutes each time. Start with a book—physical or electronic, even audio. Use waiting time, exercise time, commuting time, or rest time to get started. The topic you choose does not initially matter. Soon, you will read more books in a year than an average person can read in a lifetime. This provides you with a wide range of direct knowledge, including how your industry and job work, and indirect knowledge about how the world works that you can apply to your work. After a while, you are miles ahead of the starting point. To speed up this process, learn speed reading.
Reading is meaningless unless you remove some solid things and build on what you already know. Stop and think when you read something interesting. What does this mean to you? Does it match what you already know? How does it affect your current role or profession? How do you use it in your work today? Then you find that you have forgotten your study unless you write it down and use it. Suppose you read a book on effective sales techniques. Understand your notes and apply them to your next sales call. In subsequent calls, improve the part that does not work until it works. You are mastering a subject that you didn’t know before reading and applying. To speed things up, experiment every day on multiple topics that you read and understand.
How to spare time to learn in the busy daily work? Here, you can use scientifically verified facts. Short-term, frequent learning bursts are more effective than occasional long-term learning. Leave 5 to 10 minutes between your tasks, starting with the little things. Try to increase it to 30-45 minutes and make it part of your daily work. Mark a day to review materials and notes from the past 7 days. This helps to use it for long-term memory. Finally, sleep can improve learning, so make sure your brain rests between learning. If you are dealing with difficult skills such as negotiation, practice different methods in different situations instead of repeating one method. This speeds up the process of mastering.
It is easy to get excited about a new journey, but it is difficult to maintain enough motivation to complete it or make it a lifelong pursuit. How can you make fast learning a part of your life and work, so that you can continue to make rapid progress in your career to reward yourself? The first step is to remind the system. Post your learning goals on your desk or wall, or use them as wallpaper on your laptop or mobile phone. Set calendar reminders for your daily learning. Make sure you can see your goals every day. Remind yourself every time why you want to do this and imagine your destination. Always start with small steps and measure your progress. This keeps you away from premature fatigue and provides positive feedback to further cheer you on. Know what is preventing you from achieving your goals and avoid these temptations-let me watch a 10-minute video, and then I will read it. Finally, find a responsible partner, either someone who is committed to the same journey like another student in your course, or someone who follows up on your commitment like family or friends.
This independent method is the best way to get the best exam results. Obtain mock test papers, including past tests. Solve one essay per day within the deadline of the exam style. Then only study the answers you don’t know. Complete the entire set of test papers, and then repeat the cycle three to five times. Don’t learn anything else. It works best when you promise.
This approach leads to maximum long-term learning and retention. Learn by yourself, and then teach those who are willing to learn from you instead of working hard on their own. You will get a structured revision of a theme, your memory will be strengthened, and your learning weakness will be resolved through their inquiry. Teaching a group is more effective than teaching a group.
When you start a new topic or subject, browse the material first. Just look at the title or chapter or the first few lines. What is the structure of the material? why? What will you learn at each stage? How does it fit into the next subtopic? Draw or write down the process in the notebook. This will speed up the next learning.
4. Matters needing attention
In order to remember your study during the exam, you must take notes. Refer to the process you wrote. In each sub-topic, hand-write notes and break them down into numbered points and further sub-points. These may include formulas, drawings, etc. For the pre-exam revision, you have a concise note, that is, the sub-topic has 4 points and 13 sub-points.
5. 1 page vision
After taking notes for the entire exam syllabus, you must condense it all into one page. Boxes that divide the page into chapters or topics. In each box, compress the numbered subtopics and their main points into 1-3 words, and write each word in a small font. Now modify and copy this table based on memory. You are ready for the exam!
(The author is a professional coach, mentor, and author of Yoursortinghat.com.)