I feel this is such an obvious topic that it must have come long before now - but certainly not as long as I've been on this forum. So Here goes, some questions: how long do you practice? is it limited by stamina or other factors (eg day job, family etc)? do you break up the routine and organise it over days, weeks (months??)? what do you practice? do you set goals, are these time dependent or not? How much work do you need to do just to stay where you are or to push yourself onwards? heres my 2p (2c) worth: Practice and making the time to do it has now become something of an obsession - I try to aim for ~30 min during the day (round lunch) doing a warmup routine (long notes, chromatics pp cresc, finger exercises) then some schossbergs, Clarke setting up drills (good for fingering and finger-tongue coordination) and maybe a Caruso exercise to finish, but i never push it too much. I'll try to aim for ~1hr when i get home, doing flexibilites, some Arban and other studies, more Clarke, scales (different key every day round the cycle of 4ths, major, minors, diminished, augmented, modal studies) always working on articulation and control. Some long note practice. I'll normally put the horn down for a few minutes at a time and do someting else like....reading Trumpetmaster! . Occasionally I'll do some improvisation practice but i tend to go about this in a much more casual manner. At weekends if I have the time I'll stretch this over the day and maybe do more. If I have a gig I never practice on the same day but always do the warmup. I find progress is slow but sure, I set goals like increasing range, endurance but never push it because it has been happening and will continue (i hope).