Practice before going to work
The other day I took my 3rd guitar lesson. Therefore, I’ve been playing/practicing for about 2+ weeks. At first, I thought that if I wanted to get really ‘good’, I’d have to practice everyday for 2 hours+! Silliness. I’m in this for the fun of it, just like my photography. If it happens that I practice 2 hours a day because I like it that much, then that’s what I’ll do.
During the week, I leave my guitar sitting out of its case on the floor with the music next to it. When I get the desire to practice, I do. If not, I just walk on by. What I have found is that in a given evening I’m likely to pick it up 3 or 4 times and practice 15 or 20 minutes at a time. I might be watching a movie and decide to stop in the middle, pick up the guitar, try a few things, and then go back to watching the movie. Of course this doesn’t go with the classic setting aside a time to practice, which is more like the old school work schedule.
I’ve been asked a number of times how much I practice my photography. Though I don’t keep track of the hours, I’d have to say that it is frequent. The camera is usually nearby, ready to be picked up, and ready to be used. I certainly don’t carry it everywhere, but there are too many times when I wished that I had, especially when I see some of the shots that Monte brings back! 🙂 However, I do spend a lot of time shooting and even more time observing, but there is no schedule.
I believe that if you have something that you are interested in, be it music, or photography, or any other type of hobby, you’ll practice it whenever the opportunity arises, or if those opportunities are not arising enough, you’ll create room for them to do so. There is no fixed schedule of practice that one needs to adhere to.