One of my biggest challenges in continuing my bass playing is keeping a set practice schedule. As a dad, husband, student, employee, and band member, it tends to be difficult to find the time for solo bass improvement. So here are some tips to consider in time management that can help even the busiest bassist.
1. It’s OK to say no: It is perfectly alright to say no to your friends or family when they call you on a whim to go out. Don’t always say no, of course, because it’s always good to have a social life to decompress from everyday stresses but just know that you don’t owe them anything.
2. Are you a morning or night person?: This is particularly good to know because if you are a morning person, you are more creative in the morning and vice versa in the night. Whenever you are more creative is the best time for you to conduct your solo bass time effectively.
3. Dedicate a day or time to yourself: Sometimes this is difficult when you don’t have a steady work schedule, trust me I worked on-call too many times, but if possible make one day sacred to you and your bass. I usually pick Sunday because it is typically the day of rest and I don’t have school or work. Keep in mind that it is important to have alone time, not only for you, but for everyone around you. If you don’t get alone time it is possible that you’ll become overworked and over-stressed too often.
4. Keep a planner: By keeping a planner or calendar, this will allow you the opportunity to physically see your schedule and be more prepared to plan out your month. I learn better hands on and visually, so by seeing my schedule, it helps me remember and track my weeks.
5. Take a break from Social Media: Although social media can be entertaining and fun, it can also be very time-consuming and brain numbing. I hear it all too often of other musicians saying that they didn’t have enough time but spend most of their time Googling all over the internet of kitty pictures to Instagram it. As an Army vet I utilize the social media websites, like Facebook, to connect with old friends and they can be beneficial to you but not when it consumes you.
Hope this can assist in your bassing needs.
Stay groovy my friends,