No Time to Practice? 5 Powerful Solutions for Lack of Time

PianoCareer. No Time to Practice? 5 Powerful Solutions for Lack of TimeI don’t have enough time to practice

Does this thought feel familiar? :P

I’m sure it does. And trust me, you are not alone!

Too many things to do – not enough time to do them

Plus, piano playing is not just a ‘little job’ you can tick off your list once in a while.

Piano playing is a complex art – and mastering it takes a lot of consistent practice 8) …which takes a lot of TIME.

So how do we find this time?

How many sacrifices do I have to make in order to become a good pianist? Why is it all so hard? Why does it take so long? I’ll probably have to give it all up

Stop right there! I promise you, things are much easier than you think! ;D

Yes, we live in ‘fast and furious’ times. Every day, thousands of things are screaming for our attention. Demanding our time. In our era, being mindful is harder than ever. Fitting it all in is harder than ever.

Until you realize that it’s all a smoke screen :P. Until you learn that you have the power of choice

So how do you clear the smoke? Watch the video – and you will find out! ;)

No Time to Practice? 5 Powerful Solutions for Lack of Time.

Video highlights:

00:02. Introduction.

00:32. “I don’t have enough time to practice…”. Why do we struggle to find time for the things that really matter?

01:42. Solution No. 1. Understanding your priorities.

04:05. Solution No. 2. Eliminating time wasters. Decluttering your day.
07:25. The importance of balance.
07:52. Bonus tip: don’t overbook your schedule!

09:22. Solution No. 3: Discipline. Building good habits.
10:02. Building good habits – the easiest way to become disciplined.
10:58. The importance of starting small in building good habits.
11:45. How to build a consistent practice habit.
14:29. Practicing for 20 minutes on those days when ‘you don’t have any time’.
16:10. Examples of other good habits you can build.
18:51. Long journeys can only be walked calmly, one step at a time :). Always divide big scary tasks into small manageable bits!
20:09. What regrets will you have on your deathbed? An empowering wake-up call.
21:16. Overcoming fear of change.

21:43. Solution No. 4: Go slow, and keep going. Don’t allow discipline to degenerate into tension and hurry!
22:20. Applying the ‘relaxed concentration’ technique. Setting a healthy pace to your life.
23:56. Good pianists are not heroes with super-human abilities! They are just disciplined and persistent people.

24:31. Solution No. 5: Be present.
25:17. Mechanical practice is a waste of time! By practicing mindfully, you are saving time!

26:58. In building your life, make sure you have a vision! Don’t live ‘accidentally’!

Recommended tutorials:
Reaching Harmony: The Power of a Holistic Approach in Piano Playing.
When to Take a Break in Your Practice.
The Power of Perseverance in Learning to Play Piano: Why Musical Progress is Not Linear.

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So, do you have the time to practice today? Of course you do.
And today is all there is 8).

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11 Responses to “No Time to Practice? 5 Powerful Solutions for Lack of Time”

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  1. Amy says:

    Ms Vartic,
    Thank you so much for your excellent and inspiring articles and videos!
    Your holistic approach to piano playing is so eye-opening! stumbled across your website only a few days ago, and I feel already that it has completely transformed my piano playing journey! 🙂

    Your video about HOW to practice was so helpful for me! I had fallen into the trap of mindless practice – just playing the same thing the same way over and over. I used to practice about 30 minutes a day, and struggle to do even that much. But the past few days I have looked up during my practice and been amazed to find that it has been more than an hour! Not to mention that my practice has been much more enjoyable and productive as well! 🙂

    You have also reminded me of the importance of expressing the meaning and the “message” of music, which is something I had all but forgotten in trying to play with better technical proficiency! It was amazing to discover how important our mind, attitude, and imagination are to our playing – this has opened up a whole new world to me!

    I can’t thank you enough for inspiring me and lighting up my piano playing experience! 🙂

    • Ilinca says:

      Hi Amy!

      Thank you so much for your appreciation!!! 😀 I’m so happy to hear that you enjoy my tutorials, and that they helped you to take your practice to a new level of awareness, enjoyment and productivity! Keep the spirit!!! 😉


  2. Lilian Cardoso Figueiredo says:

    Thank you soooooo much! Excellent video and advice !

  3. E. A. Bareman says:

    Ms Vartic, Ilinca,

    Are you a daughter of Pythagoras? P is a wise human being. You too, in your work. Studying him and his work seem to fill, replace my lack of time; it betters my understanding of music, life and playing, studying …. it makes you playing with, of your heart. Music points to our beginning of life

    I’m running old like time is running fast. The harmony of music waves brings you in another dimension; that force from that heart of things is, and still it is for me, a life time motivation playing the piano, understanding music and the rest of the world and sin (reason) of life, even to have fun or joy in life. That is why I respond you, hoping you understand a bit my English.



  4. Ezekiel Phiri says:

    I have found this information very useful, it has even helped me to identify the many errors I have made over the years, but it is now my eye opener for piano mastery.
    Thank you!

  5. Paul Hirschberg says:

    Thank you very much for your video. You are very wise. Many of the things you advise apply to learning other skills as well, such as learning a language, practicing a sport, doing tai chi or yoga, etc. I’m almost 70 and it has taken this long for me to figure out how to live, but you have given a lot of the secrets in just 30 minutes.

  6. thomas says:

    How much everyday is the best for piano progress?

    • Ilinca says:

      Hi Thomas!

      You will find a detailed answer to your question in this tutorial: The Key Principles of Correct Piano Practice: A Step-By-Step Holistic Guide.

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