Would you like to know why you should time your practice?
The reason is to help you get MORE out of your daily practice amount.
You see, it’s very likely you practice much LESS than you realise.
Don’t believe me? OK, let me explain.
How many times have you thought to yourself “I did an hour of practice tonight” because you started practicing at 6:00pm and finished at 7:00pm?
But in order for you to have racked up a FULL hour of practice during that time – you would have needed to be playing non stop from 6:00pm to 7:00pm.
Let’s be honest, that’s not what happened.
Instead you played for a few minutes, checked your phone for a few minutes. Played for another few minutes, then went and made a snack for a few minutes.
Some people sit down and play the ENTIRE time they intend to – but they’re few and far between.
Most people do exactly what I described above – me included!
Though you may think you practiced for an hour because you started at 6:00pm and finished at 7:00pm, it’s likely that with all the phone and snack breaks – the ACTUAL time you spent practicing within that hour was closer to 30 minutes.
In order to get a FULL hours worth of practice with phone and snack breaks included – you may need closer to 2 hours.
Instead, this is what I think you should do – split your hour of practice up into four 15 minute sections.
It’s a lot easier to practice for 15 minutes straight.
Even if you break here and there it’s easier to will yourself to get back to practice quickly because, after all – it’s only 15 minutes!