Today, I want to share with you my thoughts on how much time you should spend practicing every day!
Because when it comes to practicing, there are many thoughts:
- If I want to get good, I need to practice 3-6 hours every day!
- It takes 10,000 hours to master my craft!
- I can't get anything done in a short amount of time!
Here are my thoughts:
If you are just starting out, I think you should set a daily practice goal of 30-minutes per day for 5 days a week.
Don't shoot for 1 hour!!!
I'll tell you exactly why... If you're like me, an hour feels like a long time. I also like to start my 1-hour long practice sessions right on the hour (say 5pm-6pm). However, if I miss my 5pm start time by like 16 minutes, I will think that the hour has already slipped away from me...
I know it's dumb, but it's true. This means that I "can't" start my practice session until 6pm. Then I start stressing about my practice session and it all goes down hill from there... This equals no practice for me or worse, a really bad practice session!
So you want to aim for 30 minutes. 30 minutes is pretty easy, it's not a huge commitment, it's not intimidating. 30 minutes fits neatly into an hour without feeling threatening. And if 30 minutes feels threatening, guess what ? I would just aim for 15 minutes instead. In your mind, you want the practice session to be a tiny commitment. Something so small that you can't possibly fail at it.
Now here is the kicker, once you get going, you'll probably practice for more than 30-minutes!!! You'll get so excited about what you are working on that time will just fly by... You'll look up and 1 hour has gone by. How did that happen?!? That went by quickly!
Well, I'll tell you exactly how it happened! You let your guard down and started your practice session...
And 10,000 hours? That holds pretty true if your goal is to be in the top 5% of guitarists. But if you do the math (10,000/3hrs per day/365 days in a year), that's roughly 10 years of deliberate practice. I just wouldn't focus on that number... The best thing to do is to start with small commitments and you'll find yourself working your way up to big commitments soon enough.
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