If you are truly serious about your spiritual development, and want to begin progressing at a faster pace, I would recommend you go on a mindfulness meditation retreat. I've seen people transformed in just a matter of days at the retreats I have attended. And once you experience the full power of the retreat for yourself, then you too will make it part of your routine.
It was a few days before the beginning of Lent when I spotted the tree, a valley oak standing at the trailhead. I was on retreat at the Bishop's Ranch, a bucolic spot deep in California wine country and I had intended to take a brisk solo hike in the woods. But the old valley oak, its deadness, stopped me in my tracks.