If you’re struggling to practice guitar, make it your goal to make minutes feel like seconds. You don’t have to practice as much as you think if you focus on quality practice. What do I mean? You measure quality by the effort you put in. If you spend 5 minutes practicing, only you know your level of effort. Quality effort fuels the desire for more practice. Why is this a big deal? Because quality practice will make you want to practice more. Time constraints are the key.
During college, working as a security guard at a tech company at night, I had a few minutes of free time between making my rounds. I’d play my acoustic guitar for a few minutes here and there. That time constraint did 2 things: focused my mind on the guitar and made me want to keep playing after I put it away. After a few weeks, I composed a short instrumental piece that made me proud. It wasn’t particularly original but my creation fueled the desire to practice. Also, when I was home I practiced and jammed longer.
From Practice to Jamming
Lose Track of Time
When this happens, an hour will seem like 15 minutes. You will be in flow–deep flow. You lose track of time. You experience joy and your guitar practice deepens.
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