There are three applications of visualization that I know of. The first involves receiving information. The second involves programming your subconscious, and the third involves mental practice.
In all cases, you visualize long enough to have a sense that you have achieved the result you are after, a feeling that your mind has accepted the visualization. I would imagine that a few minutes at a time should suffice. It doesn't necessarily have to be daily, unless you are attempting to be disciplined with it.
I learned how to type largely through mental practice. Until I began visualizing my typing, I was a terrible typist. So I began mentally drawing lines between the keys making up each word, and imagining the correct fingers touching each key as I did so. Within a few weeks my typing began to improve dramatically. I had no set schedule for the visualizing; I just did it for a few moments, whenever I felt like it.
I agree with Vesuvius, just until you feel you are comfortable with the result you wanted. I would like to add that you will become more efficient at this with practice. The visualizing is harder for some at first, and they get better at it in time. Don't worry about distracting thoughts, just keep going and bringing yourself back to the topic. After awhile, visualizing anything won't take you much time!
answered 21 Jun '10, 15:47
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