With at least 10,000 hours of practice doing something complex, you can be excellent at it.
1. Do something you love. Passion is a motivator that helps you overcome setbacks.
2. Do the hardest work first, when you have the most energy.
3. Practice without interruption for no longer than 90 minutes, then take a break.
4. Seek small doses of specific expert feedback. Too much or continuous feedback can create cognitive overload, increase anxiety and interfere with learning.
5. Take renewal breaks, which embeds learning.
6. Build specific, inviolable practice times. Over time, you’ll do them without even thinking about them.
— Adapted from "Six Keys to Being Excellent at Anything," Tony Schwartz, Harvard Business Review blog.