a little bit goes a long way if you do it every day
January 27, 2011 11:15 AM Subscribe
I am a big fan of consistency
- the rewards that can be reaped by simply doing something often over a long period of time are like slow motion magic. Please tell me about some of the things that you do for a few minutes a day to reap mega rewards in the future.
posted by palacewalls to Grab Bag (32 answers total) 172 users marked this as a favorite
(bonus points awarded for making this about me...) I am mainly interested in being a musician and the progress that can be made by consistent and conscious practice. For instance, 10 minutes a day of playing scales doesn't feel like much for a few weeks... but then there comes a day when you finally experience the fluidity that you've been creating in your playing. That shit is magic!
The days and weeks seem to contain ever decreasing amounts of time for me to practice, and I would like to use that time as best I can. I spend most of my 'free' time recording/writing music, but I'd also like to spend 15 minutes a day focused on maintaining/building my playing technique. What sort of exercises and practice techniques do you use to keep (or expand) your chops? Extra bonus points for percussion related ideas (drumset and vibes, mainly).
Although I've focused this on music this is ultimately a request for ideas related to anything that can be improved a little bit at a time. Speaking and comprehending spanish better, showing my partner/friends/family that I love them, getting more proactive in politics (specifically environmental issues), growing tomatoes year round in the desert... these are some of the things I would like to be better at. Perhaps not everything can be tackled in small increments, but I would love to hear what you've done!