How do you improve your performance in any skill? Here are 3 building blocks.
(1) Learn the Fundamentals
What are the fundamentals of the skill? Break it down into its smallest elements until you have discrete actions.
For example, the basic building block of writing an essay is a sentence.
The basics of a learning to play an instrument is learning to play the scales.
(2) Implement Simple Drills to Practice the Fundamentals
Once you have the basic building blocks, practice them.
This is usually boring.
Most people don’t like playing scales. Writing sentences can feel too slow to get all of your ideas out.
Ideally your practice sessions will be supervised so you can combine practice with contemporaneous feedback.
If not, see step 3.
(3) Receive Feedback
Seek out feedback on how you’re practicing the basic building blocks.
Catch errors or missteps in real time so that you don’t develop bad habits.
Once you achieve fluency in the fundamentals, it will be much easier and faster to improve in the bigger skill.
Small adjustments can lead to big changes.