Essential Secrets 22: Use a Practice Planner
Use a Practice Planner
Writing Down Your Goals Helps You Achieve Them
Most bassists have had the experience of starting a practice session only to draw a complete blank on what exactly they should be playing. You can easily avoid this bewildering situation by keeping a special journal for your musical life.
There are two important reasons to use a practice planner when you have limited amounts of time. First, few people can remember all the items on their musical to-do list. You can’t make progress on your music if you forget to practice it! Second, people who write down their goals are nearly twice as likely to achieve them as people who don’t write them down.
Among the essentials to write down in your practice log are:
1. What to Practice: This is the to-do list of your top practice priorities.
2. Specific Goals: Your goals focus on why you’re practicing. Knowing your goals makes your practicing more focused and efficient.
3. What You Played Today: Keep track of the exact progress for each item you’re practicing.
4. Metronome Markings: You’ll know what tempo to use today by looking at yesterday’s speeds.
5. Daily Practice Time: Seeing this number helps you practice consistently every day.
A practice journal gives you several other benefits. It offers you a place to write down your thoughts, feelings, questions, and notes of encouragement about your bass playing. It gives you a precise focus for your limited amount of practice time. And, on the days when you feel you’re not making any progress, you can look back a few months in your practice log and see how much you’ve actually accomplished. You’ll be amazed at the progress you’ve made.
You’re too busy to keep all this information in your head. With a written system for tracking your practicing, you’ll learn faster and remember more. Don’t trust your memory. Trust your practice planner.
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