3 Tips to Help You Practice Anything

Today I'm going to share three tips for practicing.

The first tip is doing it every single day. Brian Johnson has a phrase, "It's okay to stink, it's not okay to skip." You can do it poorly, but don't skip a day. 

This is great for exercising, for practicing piano, for whatever you're going to do. It's the concept that I am going to do it no matter what, even if I can't do a great job. 

It's better to be consistent. It tells your body and mind that every single day this is your routine. If you put it off until tomorrow, it's going to be even easier to put it off until the next day. Once you skip three days in a row, your habit is shot. 

So if you had a good momentum going, do not break it. Do not break it even once, because it is much easier to do it poorly and still do it. Keep up your momentum. It's tough to skip a day and get back into the routine. It's okay to stink, it's not okay to skip. 

Jerry Seinfeld wrote a new joke every single day. Once he got up to 30 or 40 days in a row he couldn't skip and break his streak. That might be helpful for you to have some kind of sticker system or tally system. Count how many days in a row you've been consistent. Don't let yourself break your streak. 

The next tip to set an alarm. Set an alarm on your phone and label it, practice guitar. Do it at the same time every day. Choose a time that you know you're going to be home and you're going to be by your instrument. It could be right before you start getting ready for bed, or right after you wake-up.

Tip 3 is, set a timer. Find the amount of time that you're going to practice, whether it's 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 15 minutes. Devote this 10-minute chunk of time to practicing piano and when this timer goes off, you're free. If you want to keep practicing more than that that's up to you. That's fine but having a deadline will help you. It will help you start because you know when you're going to finish.