Schedule Your Goals – The Practice Journal

Schedule Your Goals – The Practice Journal

As a musician, I am constantly searching to find the focus and discipline which allows me to develop my craft and skillset. The key to my success in growing as a musician has been to establish a routine and commit to outlining the goals I want to achieve. I truly believe that it is imperative to write down my goals and revisit them regularly. It is also essential to share my goals with other people so that they will both encourage and hold me accountable by checking in with me to see how my progress is coming along.

The key to staying on track for me is to set my goals and then document them. To set your own plan for success, I recommend the following steps:

Get a Notebook(Keep this exclusively for your practice journal)
I set aside 10 minutes every Sunday to write my practice goals for the week. It is imperative that you write your goals down, as this helps to document your plan for the week.

Set Multiple Goals
I make a plan to work on both technique and drumset applications, so that I have a variety of things I can achieve. It’s important to not just focus on one task.

Make Them Achievable
I love working through drum instructional books but if my goal is to just work on through a book, it’s difficult to maintain focus. Commit to one page a week in detail rather than just working through a book randomly. I commit to a minimum of 30 minutes of practice 5 days a week. Within that 30 minutes, I have a written plan that breaks down how to work through the goals I set.

Establish a Routine
There are always days that you just can’t find the time or energy to practice, but it’s important to make it a routine. It’s amazing how much you can get done within 20-30 minutes when you have 3-5 elements you have to work on through focused practice.

Trust the Process
The key to see development in your practicing is to remember that it is not essential to master every exercise, but to master the skill of commitment to your plan. If you set a goal to practice one exercise or page in a book for one week and you truly worked on it for the set duration, then turn the page and set a new goal of completing the next page for the following week. Each new challenge builds skills and it’s not essential to master each step before you move on.

Make a commitment to yourself to prepare your new practice journal and stick to it. It takes a while to establish your routine, but if you follow these steps and start small, you will be amazed at just how fast and focused your development will be. Your practice journal will become the map to your success.

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