I’m about an hour away from derailing for the first time. I chose not to snooze my midnight deadline for one night only, as even though my goal for going to bed at (reasonably soon after) midnight has a day’s buffer before emergency, it is a valuable lesson in time management, and I wouldn’t have felt COMPLETELY comfortable in moving the goal posts.
My goal (beeminder.com/gaidheal/increasepractice) is to do three hours of piano practice a day, with autodata from Rescuetime measuring my use of an app (Justpractice) which runs a timer (with screen on) while practising. I’m studying accompaniment, and therefore often spend time in rehearsals with other musicians each day - and rehearsals don’t count. One reason I’m derailing is the lack of a safety buffer - I could certainly have done more than the minimum required this week, at least on a couple of days, but my mindset was such that this didn’t happen, and I’ve been busy… as usual. Today I intended to do the couple of hours’ necessary playing once I got home. However I got distracted - by a completely worthwhile activity - and thus excused myself from setting off immediately. Once I finished that I didn’t head home to eat dinner and work, but spent some time - again, worthwhile - working on my website before finally leaving for the tube, at which point I realised I wouldn’t reach home in time.
The goal of three hours per day was supposed to push me a bit, as I had previously been averaging slightly under that, while being easily achievable. I intend to increase my goal gradually to the point where I’m doing four to five hours of practice each day. The sheer quantity of repertoire that I want or need to study requires that I just put in the hours, just do the work. My teacher’s constant exhortations to practise properly, to play with as much attention to detail and technique as possible, combined with regular reviews, should ensure that I work intelligently for a high proportion of the time.
Are there others here that beemind a musical goal? How do you measure it?