Learning new skills in the workplace, or completely making a shift in your career can be a daunting task to take on all at once. You may have the tools, training, books, and resources to completely master a skill, but it is easier said than done.
The common statement that humans only use 10% of their brain is completely not true and is a laughable fallacy among the neuroscience community.
When it comes to unlocking your brain’s full potential, you will not find the solution in a “limitless” drug or any topical medicine, but rather with the core understanding of how your brain works.
Getvoip put together this infographic with science-backed tips to easily retrain your brain.
We found some great tips to help center around new habits, pick up and retain more information, and become more focused and attentive.
Although our solution is not a miracle and does not come with ease, these core approaches to retraining and retaining information will sharpen your approach to taking on new skills and tasks in your career.
Your brain is a lean mean pattern-making machine meaning one of the biggest jumps you will need to make while learning a new skill is breaking out of your habit.
Habitual knowledge, actions, and reactions are easy to get stuck into and often contribute to missteps in judgment and a falling behind on obtaining new knowledge.
When setting out to pick up a new skill you can use the knowledge that your brain works off patterns to your benefit. Find the task or skill you want to learn and observe the different parts and approaches others have taken to mastering that skill.
As you observe how others approach a skill – focus in on the specific areas that you can take to learning and what rewards you can apply to any new growth.
Finding a reward can be hard, especially when it is a task in the workplace, but small treats or breaks are an easy start.
Rewarding yourself on growth and development is a great way to stay motivated and forward focussing, however, if you tend to get burnt out or distracted by smaller rewards you may need a larger goal.
A large goal, especially in the workplace could be a promotion, a change in position or in a sense “the corner office” that you could work towards. It is important to find the smaller rewards to complement a large goal and is best to tie your motivation together to your goal.
As an employee, it can be hard to fall behind on retaining new knowledge when you are stuck in the day to day. Especially if you are under pressure to meet deadlines or take on larger tasks it can be hard to remember to take a break or try new approaches to solve the same problem.
Although it is easy to think that any time spent on breaking a habit might be time wasted, you can get to a point where you more effectively use your brain than before.
No matter your goal or setting: you can use the advice from this guide to tackle any new skill!