Hello. I've been having a problem in my music life recently. I work a full time night shift (between 10pm and 6am) 5 nights a week and have done for almost two years. I am motivated to practise but am generally too tired to stick to the plan I have laid out for myself. Does anyone have any suggestions to combat this?
Thanks in advance.
Oh boy Jake do I have a reel for you!
Years ago, I worked in a hospital on a night shift from 8:00PM to 8:00AM, and had similar issues. I could almost, but not quite completely invert my schedule. I found that my least productive time was getting home from work in the AM - I had breakfast, a nightcap, and went to bed. My best hours at home were after awakening, having dinner, and before going to work. I'd suggest practicing just before leaving for work. It's difficult on weekends to keep the night schedule, so try shifting "half way back" by getting up "early" (mid-day) on weekends, and practice whenever you feel rested. I agree it's tough - hopefully a day schedule will eventually present itself. Good luck, and congratulations for your dedication to music.
That schedule is tough. It's not your fault that it is difficult to fit a decent practice hour into that. Maybe try to have a nap before a practice session. I once had a performing/restaurant job 8pm-1am every night. Another time I had a med. lab. job midnight-8 am. Not much effective practicing time happened then. The best times for practice are probably morning and evening, no matter what your work schedule is.