People that boast how many days they’ve gone without sleep in hopes of proving their dedication to their craft are missing the point.
The practice is an art — it is not a simple “plug and chug” of hours in and skill level out. And in order to actually make the time you spend practicing meaningful, you have to bring a heightened level of awareness.
You have to know what to look for, what to fix, and ultimately, how to enter your “zone.”
1. It’s not about just “practicing.”
Going through the motions isn’t enough.
You have to be present and aware while you practice, and actively looking for all the things you still need to improve upon.
2. Your schedule and your practice times go together.
If you are practicing in the morning some days, evening other days, and afternoons at random, you are not as effective as the person who practices at the same time, every day.
Your schedule needs to be based around your practice hours — not the other way around.