Sorry about this, don't feel you have to read it, I'm just fed up of being side tracked and getting nothing done, so I thought it might help if I wrote down some ground rules for my self:
Today, I am going to do lots of effective recorder practise! To achieve this, I will do my best to avoid distractions, I WILL NOT...
...decide that my room/piano/music bag/violin case/etc needs a tidy.
...be convinced by anyone that it would be nice to go into town/to waitrose/take dog for walk (my mum would take her anyway, so it's not animal cruelty, honest!)/do my mum's work for her.
...check the forums/facebook/emails/iplayer etc while warming up recorder as this generally turns into a couple of hours of warming up recorder rather than 5 mins.
...come on the internet (especially the forums but with the exception of hofnote) before 10pm.
...go near the piano or fiddle as it will become a day of bashing out Rachmaninov badly rather than proper practise of any instrument.
...spend overly long over lunch.
...decide that what would be a really good idea would be to make flapjacks/cake/scale selcting program etc etc
...decide to read a chapter of my book as one will become two and two will become three...When practising, I WILL NOT...
...'waste' my 15-20 mins with my new recorder on practising notes, but will save it to practise performing
the notes once the notes have organised themselves into something that is closer to the right order.
...spend hours and hours sight-reading beethoven piano sonatas: 2 or 3 sonatas at the most!
...record myself playing then spend ages editing it to make it sound like a concert hall rather than practising it to put the notes into the right order.
...record myself until I've sorted out the problems from last time I recorded myself.
...carry on playing the rest of the piece once I get to the end of the bit I'm practising.
...move on to practise another bit when the bit I'm doing isn't really sorted yet.
... gloss over breathing because it won't suddenly sort itself out on its own!
...play with the accompaniment until I can play without it.
erm, I think that's about it.