Maintaining a regular practice routine can be very challenging when a full-time (or even part-time!) job is needed. Your current job can also have a big effect on you by the end of the day. If you have a physically demanding job, it can wear you out to the point of exhaustion. If yours is a mentally demanding one, then it can certainly make it difficult to concentrate on practicing music.
Here are some tips to help you achieve a healthy balance between music classes and your job:
Consider your daily schedule.
Ask yourself these questions:
- How does your work affect your attitude towards practicing music?
- Is it possible for me to cut back on an activity to make more time for music?
- What personal distractions are possibly taking away from practice time?
- Does your job make you feel anxious and/or depressed?
- Do you procrastinate music practice even when you have time?
- Do you need to re-think your rehearsal routine?
Allowing yourself time to adjust is crucial, especially when you’re new at your job. Starting small really helps and lowering expectations when you’re struggling can help you keep your head on straight. With some planning and careful thought, it’s definitely easier to gradually return to your normal standards without beating yourself up too much.
Leave your instruments where you can constantly see them.
With this tip, you’ll be relying on the power of suggestion. If there’s a safe place where you can display your instrument, do it! Having it out and readily accessible makes it easier for you to be drawn toward it, and pretty soon you’ll be picking up your guitar or practicing a few chords!
Think Outside The Box
- Learn a new instrument! If you’re a proficient piano player, venture into the world of strings and vice versa. Shaking things up can be just the motivation you need!
- Vary your practice times. If you usually practice for an hour, try to break it down into two 30-minute sessions each day.
When attempting to strike a balance between a job and practicing music, don’t forget to stay open-minded, positive, and on the lookout for possible methods and techniques. Remember, challenging situations often inspire clever solutions!