Finding time to practice flute – or any skill or hobby – can be challenging, especially when you
have a demanding career or family responsibilities. However, dedicating time each day to
practice can lead to significant improvements in your skills and overall well-being. In this blog,
we will discuss some tips to help you to find time to practice daily while balancing your work
and personal life.
1. Prioritize and plan.
The first step in finding time to practice is to prioritize and plan. Make a list of the most
important things to you, including your career, family, and music. Identify which activities
require the most time and which ones can be minimized or eliminated. Create a daily or weekly
schedule that includes your work time, family time, and practice time. Stick to the schedule as
much as possible, but make adjustments as needed.
2. Use small pockets of time.
You may not have hours of free time each day to practice, but there are likely small pockets of
time that you can use. For example, you can wake up 30 minutes earlier or use your lunch break
for practice. You can practice while waiting for your children’s activities or appointments to
finish. You might consider leaving your flute accessible but protected (consider a stand and a
cover), during certain periods of your day to make for a quick practice session between tasks.
Even just 10-15 minutes of practice each day can make a difference.
3. Involve your family
Practicing a skill or hobby can be a great way to bond with your family. Consider involving
your family in your practice sessions, especially if you are working on music that can be enjoyed
by everyone. Play music as a family, encourage your kids to move and dance along, or have the
family create a drawing based on what they hear you playing. You might even play a few
familiar tunes as a warm-up or part of your practice to strengthen their appreciation of your
music. This can be a fun way to spend time together while productively improving your skills.
4. Make it a habit.
To make time for practice in your busy schedule, it’s important to make it a habit. Set a specific
time each day to practice and stick to it. Over time, practicing will become a natural part of your
routine, and you’ll be less likely to skip it. You can use habit-forming techniques such as setting
reminders or tracking your progress (consider a practice notebook) to help establish the habit.
5. Be flexible
Despite your best efforts to stick to a schedule, life can be unpredictable and plans can change.
It’s essential to be flexible and adaptable when trying to find time to practice. If something
comes up and you can’t practice at your usual time, try to schedule an alternative time or an
additional practice the next day. Don’t beat yourself up if you miss a day or two, but try to get
back on track as soon as possible.
In conclusion, finding time to practice daily while balancing career and family responsibilities
can be challenging, but it is possible! By prioritizing and planning, using small pockets of time,
involving your family, making it a habit, and being flexible, you can carve out time in your busy
schedule to improve your skills and well-being. Remember that consistency is key, and even a
few minutes of practice each day can lead to significant improvements over time.