Set a reasonable goal.
The skill does not have to represent your endpoint in your goal. It should, however, motivate you to develop and challenge yourself as you learn your new skill. If you want to learn web design, for example, your goal may be to create an online portfolio from scratch.
Make your initial goal not too lofty. If you want to learn to cook, don’t start with a three-course meal. Instead, concentrate on mastering just one dish. After you’ve mastered the fundamentals, you can move on to more recipes and work your way up to that meal.
Select a platform that suites your learning style.
There are online tutorials, in-person classes, books, articles, and videos available to help you learn new skills. Consider which learning platforms will best allow you to absorb and apply new information.
Try video tutorials instead of reading a text-only book or listening to a podcast on the subject if you’re a visual learner.
Consider what is most conducive to your new skill. Learning a new language through books, for example, may not be the best option because the text does not provide a good understanding of word pronunciation and accents in everyday speech.
Begin with the first step and progress as you master each section.
Because the only way to learn is to practice, begin practicing your new skill. Use the resources at your disposal, whether it’s reading a tutorial or having an expert walk you through the steps. Before proceeding, complete each step and ensure that you fully understand it.
For example, if you want to learn to type, start with the home keys. After you’ve mastered those, move on to the keys you use with your right hand, followed by the keys you use with your left hand.
Determine how much time you can set aside for learning.
Consider how much daily or weekly time you can set aside to learning your new skill. A lower-commitment skill, like mastering the manual transmission in a car, might be a good one if you don’t have much free time. If you have more time, learning a skill that requires a lot of practice, like playing an instrument, may be the right choice for you.
Choose a skill that you can actually practice right now. It’s more likely that you will give up on a skill if you choose one that is challenging and hope to learn it when you don’t have much time to practice.
At a time, pay attention to just one skill.
Rather than trying to master several skills at once, focus on learning one at a time. You will take longer to master your desired skill if you divide your attention.
This is not to say that you can’t pick up a ton of new abilities. Just take your time and learn the fundamentals of one new skill completely before moving on to the next.