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No time to Practice?

This is a phrase I’ve heard a lot. Hell, I’ve said it a lot. But the truth is… that’s a load of crap.

It is easy to say we don’t have time to work toward our dreams. It lets us off the hook. We tell ourselves that if we only didn’t have to work our soul-crushing jobs we would be able to shred on the guitar, write a great book, script, or song, finally get in shape, or follow any number of the passions lurking in our hearts.

But here is something I discovered… Sometimes it is easier to accomplish your goals when your schedule is packed.

When I returned to school I told myself that there was no way that I could juggle a full-time class schedule, a job, a marriage, and music. When a musical opportunity knocked on my door that caught my fancy I HAD to make it work. I find that when the work day is done and the homework is finished, you find the time to spend with those you care about and work on your craft… if you want it bad enough.

However, when you have a lot of time on your hands it is very easy to fall into procrastination. Nothing is urgent.

When my schedule was ridiculous I found I got a lot more practicing done during the work week than on weekend days that were mostly free.

The change comes from asking yourself “when and how can I work this into my day” …instead of waiting to retire, win the lottery, or be “discovered”. Do something today to get you closer to where you want to be. Your busy life could be just the kind of structure you need to keep you on your path.
Groove Digglah

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3 responses to “No time to Practice?

  1. channelingbliss December 8, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    Hey! Glad to see you’ve joined the blogosphere! You’ve made an excellent point here. SO easy to get complacent when we’ve got lots of free time. Thanks for the motivation :)
    Laurie

  2. Rob December 8, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    Methinx an object in motion tends to stay in motion. An object at rest tends to stay at rest. When you’re always doing something and you hit a point of rest, you’re compelled to keep moving.

    When you’re sitting around doing nothing, you’re less compelled to change that. Laying around on the couch, even the thought of getting up to grab something from the fridge seems like a monumental task.

    For me, housework is like that. It’s hard to get motivated to do it, but once I start, I find myself more and more motivated to do more and more. Anything that spurs that initial action is the most important part of the process, for work, and play.

    • Groove Digglah December 21, 2010 at 3:26 pm

      Yup. I think the key is to create some sort of outside stimuli that will come through and kick ya in the but. The egg timer works for me. DING! Time to get movin!

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