Yeah, great advice from everyone, I agree.
I am not a seasoned player, but I can definitely recommend PATIENCE. I don't think there is just "one-size-fits-all" in what you've asked. Some players do well with many hours of play and just a few minutes studying/analyzing (although I believe those are really the exception), others will do better by putting in more hours of study. Whatever it is your preferred method, DO include studying sessions.
Compare poker to chess. It's so easy to play poker (as it is to play chess). You just have to learn the value of the hands, some rules and you are ready to play, just as learning the movement of the chess pieces gets you ready to play a chess match. Will you be a good player though? The answer is no, definitely. Knowing the basics won't get you far in either game. Strategy learning is involved, as well as a lot of frustration, losses, and times when you will actually wonder if you should keep on trying.
No doubt there are gifted players out there that started playing poker and hit it big in the first year or so. But the rest of us humans need to put the extra effort that implies studying (really studying, not just "reading"). And that effort requires lots of patience.
As for me, I am in love with this game (or "sport" if you fancy that categorization). And if it pays out to study and get my brains into the scary math thing, I'm totally in! And I'm in since just a couple months now. So from a buddy who is just in a very similar position than you, that's my 2cents, go dive into the poker thing, and do it with effort and patience!!