Art is one of the best things you can get involved in, either it’s music, literature, sculpture or yoga and so on. It provides you with different perspective of expressing yourself in an artistic way. But just like anything else, mastering any artistic skills requires practice. You should first know how to practice art effectively.
It doesn’t matter how much hours you practice to make your work productive. What does matters is that how much work you put in your hours to make your practice productive.
Learning a new skill, requires dedication and patience. You should never hurry, or you will be missing a lot of things which can turn out to be an awful experience. You better choose the slow and steady path.
Here’s how to set yourself up for steady improvement and make sure your practice is effective.
- Take no shortcuts: It’s no surprise that people love to take shortcuts. And, there are plenty of sources out there making unreliable promises of providing you with faster ways for almost everything. So, take your own time before relying on any educational sources.
- Minimize distractions: It’s no surprise that your phone and computer can be big distractions if you leave them 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.
- 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.
Even if you really love something, there are moments during practice that are frustrating. Keep the above tips in mind to stay focused on your path to improvement.