does anyone know any good ways that i could up my picking speed (for both notes and chords). Not like, "try going up and down",, but techniques i could practice in order to improve both my picking hand and my fretting hand?

any help would be greatly appreciated
You're probably going to hear this alot, but just practise alternate picking. If it's get's too boring that you're alternate picking everything, then make it as a warm-up so that it's alternate on every other string.

Take a look at this video, it should explain more clearly that what my words can do :
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Drum Machine....slowly build up speed. Metronomes are to lame to play with...LOL

Focus on small hand motions.