Our human body is a wonder of science and creation. But it loses its ability to perform if we do not use it well and properly. Physical trainers and doctors even say that you always need to use your muscles in order to NOT LOSE its ability to perform well. It only takes an average of 2 to 3 weeks of no walking, running or any movement in your leg muscles before it starts to deteriorate and become weak.

The same is true for our skills. People who talk to clients via phone or directly may forget parts of their call or conversation flow if they stop doing it for a few weeks. The script that they tried so hard to deliver so naturally for years may no longer sound that convincing at all if they suddenly stop doing it. Most of our jobs require using our memory (on how to do the task), precise calculations (based on what we see and hear) and physical movement to perform our tasks.

That is why it’s a good idea to regularly perform your daily tasks no matter how small or insignificant it is. Whether it’s a physical or mental task- in order for you not to lose a skill or forget how to do your particular duties.

Losing a skill or forgetting how to operate a device or machine is rarely a problem for those do these 5 things:

  1. Constant practice. Your craft whether it’s customer service skills, sales, negotiations or any expertise. For many a skill needs to be practiced daily to perfect it and to move to higher competencies. While some professionals only need to perform their duties once a week, once a month or once in a year. Although they rarely do their tasks or work, you could see them always getting new information about the subject to keep their minds fresh for new ideas and ways of doing things in their field.
  2. Staying curious. Find new information about your field that you can use. This allows you to become flexible with your craft but adding new approaches. But if you are not learning new ways of doing things, you may eventually be left behind. There are regular updates in any industry. Constantly getting updates and investigating information will keep you always on your toes. A continuous learning attitude will help you always be in the know in your industry.
  3. Constant work. Your effort matters no matter how insignificant it may be in the eyes of other workers. Only you can determine the level of effort you are exerting. It doesn’t even matter if you are doing petty work as long as you are not doing it consistently. Your work will eventually be recognized as long as you do your best every time. Recognition will just be secondary or a by-product of your work. Because your main purpose is to serve your organization, your co-workers and clients.
  4. Doing the best all the time. It’s inevitable for you to achieve great things and see positive changes in your workplace- if you are always giving your best. When you give your work, your one hundred and one percent effort, it will result in a happy and fulfilled work environment for you and the people around you.
  5. Interact with people in the workplace. No matter how good you are working alone, you will still need to interact with other people. This is often the best way to learn about new things that you would otherwise not be able to find out by yourself. Although information and technology is readily available, it’s still a good practice to mingle with people who have specialties in your organization. Do not be afraid as well to learn from people within your field of expertise, so you can get new insights and ideas that you can use.

In order not to forget or lose a skill, you simply need to follow the lead of people who always interact with their co-workers, do their best all the time, continually work- and are always searching for new info, and practice their craft all the time.

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