The Top 5 Time Wasters keeping you from practicing guitar

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When you kill time, remember that it has no resurrection. ― A.W. Tozer

So I hear this a lot “Hey Kevin, how do you have time to play the guitar?” and ” I just don’t have time to play guitar”.
I tell my students that to really get the most joy from playing guitar, to play a little everyday.  
It does not take a ton of time.  Just 15 minutes a day and you will be surprised at how far you go.
But there are so many things in this world that compete for our attention and time.
We are living during the incredible age of access and convenience.
Think about it.
You can pick up your phone and get any information you want instantly. You can do a google search and get results in .49 seconds.
We stream movies in the palm of our hand. It’s pretty mind boggling. Especially those of you as old as I am that remember how incredible we all thought the VCR was. And then Movie rental stores (be kind rewind), and then DVD rental. 

 

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE MY iPHONE. There I said it. Ask my wife, she is contemplating who I love more, her or siri. ( I also recommend the movie HER) I digress.
So today I want to talk about the Top 5 time wasters keeping you from playing your guitar. Because if you stop wasting time, you will have more of it to spend learning and playing the guitar.

 

Here they are, in no particular order:

1.Social media

Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, instagram, whatever your social media drug of choice, you already know what a drain this can be.
The average person spends 40 minutes a day on social media sites. I am not saying don’t use them. I am saying be mindful of how much of your day you are spending on these activities.
So, prioritize when you spend time on social media and carve out 15 minutes a day to play guitar. It is ok to not be involved in every stream of communication.

 

2. Email

Tim Ferriss from The 4-Hour Work Week does the best job of tackling this one.  His advice to check your email just two or three times a day is priceless.
Personally I find it hard to stick to, but when I do, I get a lot more done. And when you try it, you will be amazed at the difference it makes.
Don’t check your email first thing in the morning. Get some important things on your list done first.  Like practicing guitar……

 

3. TV/movies/Netflix/Youtube

I lump all of these together under the heading “consumption” This is where I waste most of my time. I try to keep it to one or two shows that I follow.
Youtube is like a vortex for me, once I get going , it is hard to stop.
The average person spends 5 hours a day watching television. If we just cut that in half, you could have a huge amount of time to invest in learning guitar.
And have a whole lot more time to be creative.
Again, if you just watch a 90 minute movie a day that adds up to 10.5 hours of time a week. That is a huge amount of time.
I suggest that you make watching a movie a special treat. Like it used to be when you had to actually go to the movies. Remember how we used to have to drive to the movie rental store and pick one movie to watch on Friday night?
Instant access is a wonderful, and a dangerous thing.

 

4. Lack of planning/prioritizing

No one plans to waste time or to fail. To accomplish what you want, you have to plan ahead for it. You have to break it down into the dirty details. List the things you are going to practice on the guitar, prioritize and take action!
So, if it gets written down, it usually gets done.

 

5.  Life Obligations

So I am not saying that my job or may family or my home are a waste of time.  But I thought it was worth mentioning here since our obligations take up so much of our time.
So we owe it to ourselves to carve out some time to do something we truly enjoy after we meet our other obligations.  Or, just skip cutting the grass this week, and play guitar instead 🙂

 

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