Don’t want to practice today? No problem, since you should already keep a notebook or journal handy in your practice room.
On the days you will be practicing:
Just before practicing, jot down a sentence or two about your goals for the session. That’s always a good idea.
If you’re thinking: “I’m not going to practice today,”
Simply write the following in the journal: “I’ve decided I won’t be practicing today.”
Now release any guilt or non productive emotions and go about your day.
Now at least you’ve made a clear choice, and brought a greater degree of mindfulness to your practice. Pay attention to your practice journal over time, and see what happens.
Here’s a simple music practice shortcut for your consideration. It’s simple, but it’s not easy. And I can promise that you’ll achieve your current results and still cut your practice time in half. Or easily get twice as much done in the same amount of time.
It’s simply this: protect your practice as a sacred oasis from day to day life. It’s a place filled with curiosity, experimentation, discovery and a wonderful spacious feeling. In this place, impatience and frustration simply melts away. In this place the quality of your practice always exceeds expectations because any agenda exists only for the sheer joy of the work itself. It is truly immediate success on a new level.
On the other hand, you can continue to push and drive forward by force. Practice when over scheduled, exhausted or compelled. Accept gigs and auditions that cement unrealistic expectations into your life. We all know how that goes.