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.
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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.