By Virginia Wamuyu

So you want to learn a new skill?

  There are many benefits to learning a new skill, both for yourself and your career path. But how can you ensure that you learn a new skill? That you actually start the process and see it to the end?  It is easier than you think. Read on to learn how!

Step One: List all the skills you want to learn

 List all the skills you want to learn in a notebook, whatever comes to mind, you will edit it later. Write down skills you want to learn for self-development or fun, and those you should learn that will give you an advantage when you’re looking for a job.  Leave that list and come and check it the following day.  

Step Two: Rule out skills

 Cross out whatever is unnecessary and what you don’t really need to learn. Think about it a little bit more.

Step Three: Time to Research

 You should at least have some sort of order in learning all the skills you’ve listed. In order to be able to know which skill to learn first; you have to know more about the skill. Try to answer the following questions as you research: 

  • What resources will I need and how much do they cost?
  • What site, (blog post or youtube channel) will I use to learn?
  • At what time will I do this? 

  Once you have enough information about a skill, list them from the most to the least important. Whichever criteria you use, whether it is the money involved or interest in the skill, just make sure you have some sort of order.

 Step Four: Learning

 You can try doing two at the same time. Being consistent and dedicated is what will help you ace learning the skill. Dedicate about 30-45 minutes daily to do this task. Learn for a month and evaluate yourself at the end of the month. And voila! You got yourself a skill!

Okay, you may take more than a month to learn the skill or if you feel you haven’t quite got it right. The more you do it, the better you get at it.

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