Around last year this time (well technically, a few weeks later), I was going through the same thing–the crisis of realizing that the summer is leaving my procrastinating self behind. Even though there are still about two months of summer to go, I can’t help but dwell on the fact that I’ve let over a month go by, without much productivity to show for it. Epic fail.
Well, not exactly. For some odd reason, I have a weird, ambivalent philosophy on taking several weeks of a break each summer, away from any of my music, for the most part. I’m mainly for it because it gives me a moment of fresh air after the grueling spring months during the school year, and it seems to help me return to music with a new-found thirst. Yet, the little “voices” in the back of my head keep reminding me of how little practice has occupied my time right now, or composing, for that matter. Aside from that, the most difficult part of taking such a break is that it’s so hard to get back out of it, especially when I don’t have the luxury of making an escapade to a practice room or library right now.
Because I have a little less liberty with my schedule due to summer obligations, finding time to work in the hours I am usually most productive aren’t always feasible. Having a sloppy sleeping schedule (or lack of) doesn’t help either. (Why am I going to bed at 2 a.m. if I have no homework again? Wasn’t I begging for sleep two months ago?) In order to counteract this, I’ve learned that I have no choice to go back to a stricter routine–just because it’s summer doesn’t mean it’s anarchy.
I think that one way to help myself figure out how to to reach optimal productivity in my current work environment will be to keep a journal. I’ve tried this before with my practicing, but I didn’t really follow through as much as I had liked. During that time, I did, however, gain a better perspective on my practice habits, and I learned how to follow through with more well-rounded practice objectives instead of focusing on different pieces and exercises out of proportion. Perhaps I will incorporate this aspect of journaling into my blog on a regular basis, in one way or another.