It’s no secret that guitar players struggle to find time to practice. You might go days without picking up the guitar. (Or even weeks or months...)

Most people approach “finding” more time the wrong way. They think that practicing MORE means they have to sacrifice something else.

And while sometimes this is true… it's not the first thing I talk to my students about.

Here’s a little tip on how to “create” more practice time while still being able to enjoy your life.

Earlier today I spoke to one of my new students to check in with how they’re doing. (It’s one of the many things I do to make sure all my students are enjoying themselves in their lessons. And enjoying their practice at home.)

During the call, this student mentioned the famous words that I’ve heard hundreds of times in the last decade of teaching the guitar…

Here’s what she said…

“I’m enjoying lessons a lot. I feel like I’m learning so much each time I come in. I just wish I had more time to practice.”

Ah, there’s those famous words…

“I wish I had more time to practice.”

(To put it into context, this student is a video editor working on TV shows. She’s doing about 13 hour days right now.)

Now when I hear those words, usually what that means is - “I don’t have any more time in my day.”

Because let’s face it, when you’re working 13 hours a day…

How to Create More Practice Time... AND Still Enjoy Life

And you’ve got to spend time getting ready in the morning…

Eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner…

AND taking some time to wind down in the evening before bed…

… It can seem like there’s no time to practice.

I could tell this student was struggling, so that’s why I told her about this little practice tip. And after hearing what I had to say... she left the call feeling more excited toward her practice outside of lessons…

And feeling like creating more time was achievable.

Here was my advice…

Rather than “finding” more time to practice… you simply have to find the pockets of time you already have.

If you look across your day, you’ll find that you have these little two minute chunks everywhere. (Sometimes you have to get a little creative with how you approach your practice to make it work. But that’s a topic for another time.)

How to Create More Practice Time... AND Still Enjoy Life

You don’t need to be practicing for 20-30 minutes straight…

You just need to take advantage of the time you have.

So if you’re struggling to “find” more practice time… try to find the time you already have and fit your practice in when you can.

You’ll be amazed at how much time you find.

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