You must have heard and read about the learning curve theory from your seniors at office, friends and relatives at home, or on the Internet. People will say all sorts of things. And yes, it is very important to improve your learning curve if you want to achieve success and move ahead in your career. But remember the old saying that there is no shortcut to success. To avoid getting stuck in a vicious cycle, you must understand how to manage everything professionally. You have to invest time in this. The learning curve is a graph that illustrates the time a person takes to perform a certain task. According to the curve, the more an individual does that job, the less time it takes to complete it successfully.
You can improve your learning curve with the following tips…
IDENTIFY YOUR STRENGTHS
When you start a new learning process, it is best to go move forward with something you are good at. This will allow you to understand the course ahead before you take up more difficult jobs and this will keep your motivation level high too. Suppose, if you are learning to play the guitar, you should start with the basics. You should learn your chords first and practice the same ones until you master them and then learn the beats and rhythms to finally be able to play popular numbers. You must cross each step with practice and caution until you know your chords, beats and rhythms like the back of your hand and can play with your eyes closed and can even experiment with them. Similarly, if you are serious about moving ahead in your career, master one new skill at a time; otherwise, it will take up more time and can get you stuck too.
PRACTICE HARD & REPEAT
If you study the learning curve theory, you will find that it talks a lot about practicing and repeating what you have learnt to be at the top of your newly acquired skills. So, you must fit in as many practice sessions as possible for a specific task. It may get a bit boring. But, without practice, your learning curve will not improve.
USING THE RIGHT METHODS
Every individual has a different learning method. But, the common learning techniques have been tried and tested innumerable times. So, instead of trying something new, you should stick to these time-tested learning methods. But first, try to find out the right learning method for the skill you want to acquire.
Imagine working hard and learning without any noticeable progress after some time. To prevent this from happening, you should keep evaluating yourself regularly. It can be done once or twice a week, according to your practice schedule. You must be honest with your evaluation. One good way of measuring your progress is timing yourself. If your progress is not happening at a steady pace, you should change your learning system. Your schedule may be hampering your progress. Maybe you are putting too much pressure on yourself or not working hard enough.
ONE STEP AT A TIME
The learning curve may vary according to the skill you want to learn. So, tackle one skill at a time. For instance, if you are learning a musical instrument, work on it until you master it. Only then, think about taking up another one. It will be more time-consuming and difficult if you try to handle multiple skills at the same time. In fact, it will slow you down instead of taking you forward. Also, when you are learning a new skill, you can divide it into small units and learn, instead of trying to remember everything at once. The factors mentioned above will help you get positive results. But you must also put in enough time and effort. Do not expect miracles in mastering your new skill overnight. You must evaluate your new skill regularly. A personal evaluation may not be enough, so try to get a second opinion. Another important aspect during learning is to stay focused. You will have to work really hard for this because it will help you learn the new skill much faster. You can schedule some mental exercises to strengthen your focus. Practice your skill, but in a quiet place to avoid distractions and take breaks in between to maintain your focus too.
About the Author
Mr. Harish Jagtani a philanthropist, visionary, businessman of Indian origin, currently based in Democratic Republic of Congo for more than 20 years now, is one of the most reputed business owners in the Indian diaspora as well as the entire expat business community in DRC. The business house caters to multiple domains, including but not limited to Domestic as well as International Air Cargo, real Estate and infrastructure development, healthcare, hospitality as well as CSR.
Coming from humble beginnings from Jaipur, Rajasthan, Mr. Harish Jagtani has come a long way in building this conglomerate with a strong and clear vision, sheer dedication and grit. Starting with a small job in sales, Mr. Harish Jagtani today is a proud and righteous owner of a fleet of airplanes and multiple businesses that cater to the basic and advanced needs of the people of Dem. Rep. of Congo in different sectors.