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Deliberate practice requires rest and recovery time

Deliberate practice is very challenging and impossible to do all day long. At the high end, top practitioners rarely spend more than three to five hours per day on deliberate practice. More hours often result in diminishing returns. One hour per day is enough for substantial improvements, especially when it's consistently done over a long period.

Enough rest and recovery are vital. During deliberate practice, we need to switch to relaxing activities to feel refreshed.

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The term "deliberate practice" is mostly attributed to Karl Anders Ericsson, an influential figure in the field of performance psychology. Deliberate practice turns amateurs into professionals. It creates top performers in any field.

Our nature is to choose the easiest thing. When we practice something a lot, we develop habits that make the task almost effortless. While it may be helpful, it can interfere with our improvement.

Deliberate practice is a universal technique employed in any area you're trying to be the best at or get a little bit better at.

While engaging in deliberate practise, we are always looking for errors or areas of weakness. Once we identify it, we establish a plan for improving it. If one approach does not work, we keep trying new ones until it does.

The spacing effect refers to how we can better remember information if we learn them in multiple sessions with increasingly longer intervals between them. It is nearly impossible to practice something once and expect it to stick.

Practicing something without knowing if you are getting better is pointless.

The deeper we focus during deliberate practice sessions, the more we get out of them.

Deliberate practice is most effective when used with a coach some of the time to give feedback, point out problems, suggest techniques for improvement, and provide vital motivation.

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Deliberate Practice is important for me to save time. It helps me become mindful on how I practice and knowing this helps me understand and answered the question I always ask myself in the past: why am I not making any progress? This idea helps me a lot and I hope this benefit you too! Happy reading and have a good day!

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