After writing about “The Art of Daydreaming”, here I am with yet another technique (or a life hack) to improve ourselves daily.
Yes, rate yourself for all the activities you would like to improve upon.
For e.g. Parking
I park my car in reverse gear every single day at my office and at my home. Don’t have a lot of additional space at either one of those place. To improve my parking skills, I consciously rate myself after parking my car and rarely I give myself 9/10 or 10/10.
But what are the parameters for rating?
Well, to get good rating, front and rear tyres should be in straight line; there has to be perfect amount of space on either side of the car; I should be able to get down comfortably; there should be enough room to open the door or for people to pass through; how many times I had to adjust the car to park it; time taken to park it, etc.
What do you think? 8/10?
Got the idea? There are so many parameters. This habit has helped me improve my parking skills to a great extent.
Another example is of Writing. How do I get 9/10 or 10/10 in whatever I write?
The parameters to measure good writing are even more. Writing has to be clear and concise; It should add value; It should generate ideas; I should be able to package the information well, etc.
Paul Graham has written a wonderful essay on writing well.
In his own words,
I think it’s far more important to write well than most people realize. Writing doesn’t just communicate ideas; it generates them. If you’re bad at writing and don’t like to do it, you’ll miss out on most of the ideas writing would have generated.
Alright, welcome back! Did you read his last advice?
learn to recognize the approach of an ending, and when one appears, grab it.
Got the hint? Yes, this is where I end.
So what is my own rating for this piece of writing? May be 6/10 or 7/10. You tell me!
PS: Cricket (the sport) is a very important part of my life and I created a comprehensive app to improve myself in Cricket. And now it seems thousands of cricketers want to become better at it too! If you are a Cricketer, you must check this app.