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How the Peak-End Rule Can Improve Practice

Do you find yourself procrastinating when it's time to practice, telling yourself you'll "just practice later"? How can you move past this feeling and get to a more focused practice? 

Noa Kageyama explains the peak-end rule as “Like eating our veggies before dessert, it seems that saving our easiest or funnest practice tasks for last may help us perceive our practice session as having been less of a chore (and maybe make it easier to get ourselves to practice again).”

This rule can be applied to rehearsal settings, where ending on a more fun note means working on tasks that feel less draining or difficult. In a lesson, ending with an experience that feels encouraging, easier, or fun can foster a more positive memory of the lesson, even if it was challenging for the student.

Learn more about improving practices from Noa Kageyama via Bulletproof Musician here!

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