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Quicker time limits just mean the player gives up more quickly. 1400 to 1800 in 3 months is ridiculous.
Always have a set on display at home, buy a openings book, swap off queens in play to improve your skills with other pieces and study an hour a day. Keep fit.
There is simply no plan which could accomplish this for most people, and there is no plan which will do it in 3 years for everyone equally. Every individual is different, has different strengths and weaknesses in the way they approach and learn the game, and different rates of learning retention.
You will improve faster if you don't worry about your rating. Learn the game, and the rating will take care of itself. Playing is important, but if you just run through a day of blitz or rapid games and forget them, it won't help much. Play slower games and go back over them later to see your mistakes and moves you missed - and then try to learn from them, and don't repeat the same mistakes.
Try to play people in your rating range - say, +/- 200 points. That way you have a chance to win against the ones above and those at the lower limit still can beat you, so all games are competitive.
If you feel the need to study something, study endings. In the long run, endgame knowledge scores far more points than anything else.
Check the stats on the OP. He never got any better than average and probably hasn't been playing for months
You're giving good advice to a ghost
People who set these kinds of goals often give up when they realize they can't accomplish it. It's a very superficial approach to playing chess (or doing anything really). Chess is cruel, so you only keep playing if you actually like the game, and not just after some number points...
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