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Skills: One? Four? All? – Thoughts On Mastering Skills

“If you want to be a screenwriter, take an acting class to get a sense of what you’re asking actors to do. Learning other skills will help you communicate with people and respect what they do.” — Tina Fey

There’s no one true answer here. It all depends on what you want to achieve and what works best for you as an individual.

In general I’ve found that when I work with people (I have no solid research & data to back it up) they’ve performed best when they’ve focused on only a few key things at a time. I’d say between 2–5 things.

Whenever they’ve focused on only one thing or more than 5 they’ve either become too narrow or they’ve lost track on their progress.

My intuition tells me that focusing on one thing (again, in general) doesn’t give us space to gain some distance and relax.

Focusing on more than 5 has caused people to vary their activities “too much” to get enough repetition as well as diluted their attention from how they’re progressing.

Beans & Hand

Bean there, done that.

That being said, you have to do what works best for you. You can be purposeful about it and set aside a few weeks to try each approach and see what fits you best.

You might be one of those people who don’t suffer from having too much or too little variation.

Perhaps you need to put it on a schedule on a day by day basis? Maybe set aside 55 minutes for each area?

A lot of people make the mistake of creating a schedule first and then trying to fit their lives around that. Others look at their lives and decide that if they can’t set aside proper time then they won’t do it at all.

I feel that those approaches aren’t very productive.

Look at the reality of your life and see where you can fit this in. It doesn’t matter if it’s only 30 minutes per day on your commute to and from school/work.

That’s 2,5 hours per week you’ve spent on the thing you want to accomplish.

It might take a while to build, but pretty soon it starts to add up.


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