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The Four Keys to Effective Practice

Minimize distractions

Don't leave your phone and computer within arm’s reach during practice sessions. 

Put them where you can’t see or hear any notifications so you won’t be tempted to stop practicing to reply to a message “real quick” and end up going down a distraction rabbit hole.

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The Four Keys to Effective Practice

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Focus on quality

Start slow if you’re new to what you’re practicing so you can make sure you’re doing quality work, like landing one dance move well before moving onto the rest of the routine. 

Once you feel comfortable, increase your speed, but don’t lose sight of the quality of your practice.

Divide your practice into sessions

Give yourself breaks in between practice sessions. 

Even professional athletes and performers take time between sessions to recharge so they can maintain the right quality level during practice.

Use your imagination

Run through your dance moves, speech, or piece of music in your imagination when you’re not physically practicing. 

This can actually help you improve since many skills have a heavy mental component.

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Focus on the task at hand

Minimize potential distractions by turning off the computer or TV and putting your cell phone on airplane mode.

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Deliberate practice

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  3. Set SMART goals.
  4. Practice with focus.
  5. Get feedback.
  6. Repeat, while maintaining motivation.
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Learning Something New

When we are learning a new skill, practicing is key, but what's more important is the way we practice and the variation we bring in the practice.

Practicing with Variation

Making the conditions slightly different while practicing improves our skills faster.

The modification between two practice moves needs to be subtle, not drastic.

How to Learn a New Skill

Try practicing differently, making small but smart changes, spacing the practice sessions.

A waiting period internalizes your practice. It makes you evaluate the results, focusing on what works and discarding what does not work. Constant modification and refinement, along with a 'cooling-off' period sets the skill properly.