Practice: How Many Hours a Day Should You Practice?

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2 hours? 4 hours? 8 hours? 12 hours?

How much is enough?

Is there such a thing as practicing too much?

Is there an optimal number of hours that one should practice?

If you ask performers, they would say that nobody should have to practice more than four hours a day, explaining that if you needed to practice more than four hours a day, you probably were not doing it right.

If you ask psychologists, they would tell you of the “ten-year rule” and “10,000-hour rule” which suggest that it requires at least ten years and/or 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to achieve an expert level of performance in any given domain.

I think the real key is not the amount of practice required (as the exact number of hours is debatable) but the type of practice required to attain an expert level of performance. In other words, just practicing any old way doesn’t cut it.

It is quality vs. quantity of practice.

Smart people will tell you, don’t work hard, work smart. Don’t work long, work smart.

Somehow this approach assumes that working hard and working smart are mutually exclusive, that you have to chose only one.

It is like the debate about who is the best between Pele and Maradona, or between Messi and Ronaldo. Why do we have to choose, who reduces our choice to one. I think Pele and Maradona were the greatest, much as I think Messi and Ronaldo are the greatest.

Why do we have to choose between working hard and working smart?

How about working hard plus working smart at the same time.

I think working hard and working smart at the same time beats just working smart only.


About Roche Mamabolo

Entrepreneur, Author, Dad. Passionate about Innovation and Creativity, Books, Poetry, Traveling, Theatre, Art, Music.
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