.. and internet forums. Get rid of those too.2lost2find wrote: ↑Fri Sep 07, 2018 2:55 amI'm not sure what a combined day and night shift even means... I haven't worked a regular job since my early 20s. The very idea gives me the screaming horrors. But I do know this: we all have our things. I'm a single parent, i'm renovating my house, and I'm teaching over 30 students. I still never let a day go by without playing for a bare minimum of two hours. It's a a matter of time management.
I don't know if the following applies to you or not, but 95% or better of my students would progress much more quickly if they followed the following steps:
1) Throw your TV along with any video game consoles you own out the window.
2) If said electronics still function, light them on fire.
3) Spend 100% of the time you used to spend using those devices playing your guitar.
Wow! How on earth do you manage that?
At a guess 2lost2find works from home. Driving to and from work is knackering. Some folks spend 3-4 hours a day in their car or otherwise traveling to and from work. 2.5 hours a day is 50+ hours a month: more than a full working week of your private time just to get to somebody else's workplace. Time out of life. Add up what the financial cost of the transport is and it may turn out that you are better off not traveling and taking a substantial pay cut to work much closer to home or at home.
Hmm good point … time to do something in the real world.
I live with 2lost, and while I love him dearly I can tell you exactly where the disconnect is: he hasn't worked a regular job in so long he doesn't remember what it's like. I'm still working for the city, and while it's an easy job it eats nine hours of my day every single weekday. I'm better off than some people... we live in a town where nothing is further than a ten minute walk from our house, and I can walk to my job at city hall in less than five. To drive there takes less than two. So I don't have a commute. But still, by the time I have worked, eaten dinner, and done necessary chores I frequently struggle to get enough practice time in. And I have pretty ambitious goals.DevonBadger wrote: ↑Fri Sep 07, 2018 3:45 amWow! How on earth do you manage that?
I don't have any of those commitments but by the time I've got home from work, cooked, had dinner and tidied up I probably have about 30 mins spare for guitar before bedtime. And I rarely watch TV.
Is the 2 hours lots of 10 mins at a time or do you get up very early and do an hour... what's your routine?
I used to buy strings and stuff from my local shop - not just for local people - untilJedaks wrote: ↑Fri Sep 07, 2018 12:27 amHello all, I hope everyone is well.
To any of you that are permanent shift workers (combined day and night shifts), do you believe it has an impact on your ability to establish a regular practice routine?
I've been a shift worker all my life, since I was 18. It seems like all my life I haven't been able to get beyond the "intermediate" skill level.