Sometimes, despite all intentions, there are periods when you simply are not motivated enough to head to the practice room. Usually, those are times when other items on your schedule are needed to take priority. Perhaps you have to concentrate on a big project at work, or maybe your family needed your attention.
Stop. That is dangerous thinking.
Why? Because going on a lull will eventually make your muscles become lazier! Ever wondered why you feel so sore when you work out at the gym for the first time after 2 weeks of not exercising? It is because the muscles have forgotten what it’s like to exercise!
Therefore, make time for purposeful practice. Even if you’re tired, sleepy, busy…make sure you’re putting in at least 20 minutes every other day or so. Unlike studying, muscles need to be reminded of what they can do on a frequent basis.
Instead of your full routine, focus only on your problem areas for 5-10 minutes at a time. Simply by doing the actions, your muscles will retain its memory. Deliberately ask yourself, “Does this look/feel right?” when doing the action will consciously reinforce your muscles into deliberately memorizing in sections. Also, by breaking your movements into smaller chunks and repeating them around 20 times, you will be working your problem areas while figuring out how to do your steps properly. And inserting 20 minutes into your schedule is not as difficult as say…a full hour in the studio.
By applying this technique, you can prevent your muscles from growing lazy from lack of practice, forcing you to have to start all over again from the beginning.
So make sure you put in your 20 minutes every other day if you are unable to do your full 2 hours!