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28 Days of Practice: Week 2: Putting In The Time

Claire Allen

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Published: November 2, 2013 at 2:58 AM [UTC]

This week you are going to commit yourself to practicing every single day. Take a look at your practice chart from last week. Notice how many days you practiced. Tell yourself, right now, that your goal is to turn that number into seven. Seven days of practice. Say it out loud. “I am going to practice for seven days in a row. I am committed to doing this!”

**Modification for those who already practice every day: Set a time goal for yourself. If you normally practice, say, 30 minutes a day and are looking to increase to an hour, then have your goal to be to practice for an hour every day this week.

The first step is to look at your schedule for this week. If you’re a younger student, someone who has their parents manage their schedule, sit down with them and your schedule and fill out the chart for the whole week. Download the practice chart on my website here.

Create a reminder for yourself. Post this schedule on the refrigerator at home, set an alarm on your phone or computer, add an event to your calendar – anything you want, something that will remind you at the designated time that it is practice time.

Next, you’re going to need some help. It’s really easy to logic yourself out of practicing, especially if you get busy with or distracted by something else. Ask a parent, a sibling, or a really responsible friend to be your practice partner. Ask this practice partner to ask you if you’ve practiced each day this week. It can be a simple conversation on the way home from school, a question over dinner, even a text message.

Finally, track your practice time on the chart you started last week. Remember, your goal is to practice EVERY DAY, no matter what. Good luck!

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