How to Acquire New Skills on Your Own

Sometimes advancing in our job or picking up a new hobby comes with learning new skills. That is definitely a good way to improve yourself, become better at your job, or just an overall more interesting human being. It often seems daunting, but it doesn’t have to be difficult especially in today’s world, where we can learn almost everything on the Internet. Depending on the specific skill you want to master, you might need one week, one month or even one year of practice, but despite the amount of time you need, there are several steps you should go through in order to learn a new skill.

1.  Research

Research is an integral part of learning new skills because preparation will save you a lot of time and trouble in the future. This is the time when you should choose the right skill for you, set actionable goals, break those goals down into smaller ones and calculate how much time you are going to need to achieve them. You can also research different learning platforms to find out what is the best option for you. If you want to, you can also learn about the fundamentals of your new skill.

For example, if your goal is to learn how to box, you can devote some time to learn about the history of boxing and how that sport became to be what we know today.

2. Watch tutorials and start courses

There is a great number of online tutorials, classes, courses and workshops that you can take from the comfort of your home. Try a lot of them until you find what works for you and where you can learn best. You don’t have to purchase the most expensive course or look for the one with the most popular teacher, just find the one that resonates with you – sometimes free courses are the best ones. What is even more important, is to not only watch these tutorials but to also try to do it yourself.

There is no better form of learning than by doing, so don’t be afraid to try it. What is great about learning something by yourself is the fact that you don’t have to worry about impressing other people, you are doing this for you.

3. Practice, practice, practice

Acquiring new skills is not difficult, but it often takes time and a lot of practice. When you feel like you have mastered one part of your skill pretty well, it might be time to move onto a more advanced level – you could get bored without a challenge. For example, if your goal is to learn to play the guitar, set aside 30 minutes for revising and practicing what you already know and another 30 minutes for learning something new.

A good idea is to make a schedule for yourself so that you stay on track. It would be best to practice every day, but if your busy lifestyle doesn’t allow it, try devoting one afternoon a week to your new skill – your resume will definitely look better because of it.