The most difficult part about practicing is physically sitting down to do it. We all have obligations, work, families, and social engagements that easily get in the way. Suddenly, another week goes by without any progress.
I think it’s important to figure out how to self-motivate. I recommend finding ways to reward or “treat yo’self” in a positive manner. Hopefully, you’ll feel as if you’re getting something in return for practicing (in addition to playing and improving on your instrument). This could be something as simple as “If I practice for 30 minutes, I can watch a show on Netflix,” or “If I practice 5 times this week, I’ll reward myself by going to a restaurant that I’ve always wanted to try.”
Sometimes, the satisfaction of making a to-do list and being able to cross off the word “PRACTICE” is reward enough. If you happen to be taking lessons, you may even consider that a reward. After all, it’s an hour with a professional teacher who is there to help you on your musical journey.
The key is to find what works best for you. It might take some brainstorming, but discovering ways to self-motivate is essential, and reward systems may be just the thing!