I’ve been super busy lately and I took a short break from blogging after my audition. Anyway, I hope you’re all well and that your week’s manageable! We’re halfway through, we can do this.
Do you ever feel stuck on what to work on? It’s like you feel guilty sometimes for not knowing what to do to be productive and progress in life. We all have those days! I’d like to share with you what I do to keep track of my progress.
With each practice session, I reflect beforehand and plan out what I want to achieve, so here are some tips to write down a practice journal. Music students, this will be beneficial for you!
(This will also be useful for study, work and in your everyday life, so if you get the grasp of it and be consistent with it, you’ll be doing great everyday! Feel free to use this and cater it to your own.)
Goals: At least 3 will do!
Before each practice session/day, write down what you would like to achieve in your practice session. It will give you an idea of what to work on and give you a structure for practice.
Warm Ups and Pieces:
Write down the warm ups and pieces you’ll be practicing – each in a separate header. This will give you an outline on what you’ll be working on today.
Write down what you practiced – which sections of your piece etc. and reflect on your playing
Progress: 3 points
Write down what you enjoyed about your practice and your achievements. It will boost your confidence and self-esteem!
Areas of Improvement: 3 points
Write down what you aren’t so satisfied with and still need to improve on. This will give you a good indicator of what to work on in your next practice session!
(The Practice Journal is a good way to keep track of your progress, especially when you’re feeling stuck and not sure what to work on. I also encourage you to make notes after your lesson to recap what you’ve done with your Instrumental teacher.)
I hope that you’ll find this useful! You’ll be surprised as to how productive you’ll be after taking time to set your daily goals – it also makes life a lot easier, who wouldn’t want that? Let me know how you get on.