For those who don't follow me on Instagram --> @viochic<-- I wanted to let you know about a little challenge going on this month! Some other Instagrammers (@hungrymusician, and @ellapittz) and I decided we want to make the most of our practice, and the best way to do that is with a practice log! It takes at LEAST 28 days to form a habit, so what perfect timing- we're going to LEAP into Practicing this month! (Get it? It's a Leap Year!) Here's some helpful tips to start you off on the right foot!
1) Set Goals-
Do you want to focus on technique? Do you need to learn repertoire fast? Or are you like me, and you need to maintain a lot of repertoire for a bunch of auditions? Make sure that you have your goals clearly defined, as that will help steer your practice in the right direction.
2) Form Habits-
This includes routines. If you can, practice around the same time of day. Just like eating habits or sleeping habits, if you have a routine it becomes easier to maintain those habits. This will be challenging for me, as I will be traveling a lot this month. If you can't find the same times of day, that's OK too! Just get that practice done!
3) It's a Process-
Remember, much like other habits that are hard to make or break, this might be difficult. I took on this challenge because I know it will push me to ALWAYS make time to practice. However, if you miss out on a day, don't give up! You can pick right back up the next day and continue making progress!
Imagine how accomplished you will feel when you look back at your log, and see all the progress you've made! I think this is a great example of Positive Peer Pressure-- I want to do my best to practice every day to share these experiences with others, and to rally together when it becomes difficult!
Share some goals/inspiration/encouragement in the comments, and make sure to follow me on Instagram!