Deliberate learning, when you set aside time and effort specifically to learn, helps you make progress mastering a new skill because you’ve dedicated time to thinking and reflecting. But finding the time can be tough, so use the five hour rule, where you set aside five hours a week to better yourself, to ease into it.
The idea behind the five hour rule is that you have a set amount of time each week that you spend deliberately learning. For example, one hour each weekday, for a total of five hours a week. Of course, with the demands of life, you might not have an hour a day or five hours a week that you can commit to deliberate learning. Instead, set aside whatever time you do have, even if it is just 15-minutes before bed that you can spend reading articles on your industry or hobby, meditating, or reflecting by writing in a journal . Whatever you can spare, on a regular basis, makes a big difference.
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