Five benefits of keeping a practice journal

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Before I launch into the benefits of keeping a practice journal, I have to confess: As a lover of words and writing, I absolutely love journals! I am one of those people you have to keep away from stationery shops because I simply usually can’t resist a pretty journal! So yes, possibly I am a little biased. 😂 I am not sure how you feel about them, but practice journals can certainly be a great tool to have when it comes to supporting your practice. 

Perhaps you’re not sure how a journal can help you, so let’s look into some of the benefits of keeping one: 

  1. A practice journal helps you organize your thoughts

By now, you’ve probably seen some of Tatiana’s many videos on practice (if not, check out her YouTube channel here) or read some information on what makes for effective practice sessions. You may have formed some ideas of what you want to change or implement into your practice routine going forward.

Until you actually sit down and organize those thoughts though, they will just remain ideas in your head. In that case, chances are good that nothing will change in your practice session. Instead, you need to actively use the information you’ve learned and try and apply it to your practice session. 

That’s where a practice journal can really help!  When you sit down with your journal to start planning your practice routine, it can change everything. Taking some time to organize your thoughts and develop goals and a plan provides your practice with structure and direction.  

Think about it this way: How do you feel when you declutter a corner of your home? Most of us would say good. Why? Well, you’ve created order, perhaps even a logical system where chaos reigned before. This helps you to get a better handle on where everything is which in turn helps you to feel more calm and in control. Organizing your thoughts on practice lays the foundation for effective sessions going forward. 

  1. It’s a way to put your practice plan into action

Once you’ve actually taken the time to organize your thoughts and gained some clarity and structure on where you’re headed with your practice, you can get even more specific. You are ready to create an individualized practice plan and put it into action! (If you’re not sure how to do that, check out this article on how to create one)  

Now you can put pen to paper and structure your practice plan into yearly, monthly and weekly goals. This will position you to start practicing in a focused and much more efficient way. 

Imagine this – every time you start practicing and open your journal, you see your practice plan and the steps you need to take to achieve your flute goals. It will all be right there – thus making it easy for you to actively pursue your plan, every single time you practice. 

  1. A journal is a visual reminder of your flute goals

When it comes to our practice, we all get a bit discouraged at times or even just lazy. As a result, we veer off course and sometimes lose sight of what we were trying to achieve. However, if you can regularly see your goals and read what you want to achieve, it can be a powerful reminder and a way for you to get back on track. 

Research has actually shown that writing your goals down is much more effective if you want to stick to them. Your flute goals are no different! When you take the time to write down your daily, weekly and yearly goals, it can be a powerful catalyst to keep you on track with your practice. 

Receiving that regular visual reminder of what you’re trying to achieve can really help to keep you in step with your goals. 

  1. It lets you track your progress

One of the greatest things about a practice journal is actually being able to track your progress. If we just rely on our subjective memory, that won’t always give us reliable data. However, having that visual record of what you’ve practiced and even the accompanying notes can really help you get a good idea of where you’re at and how well you’re progressing. 

I know that it has always helped me a lot to have a record of learning and progress in various spheres of my life. From keeping track of my fitness activities to personal growth, being able to look back is very valuable.   

If you’re starting flute lessons, this can also be a great way to let your teacher know what you’ve done and where you are in your practice. 

  1.  It can be a great source of motivation

Lastly, one of the biggest perks of keeping a journal is seeing how far you’ve come! I honestly think we as humans are quite forgetful, especially when it comes to good things. It’s so easy to focus on the negative and to dwell on everything that’s going wrong and what you can’t do yet.  

Looking back in your journal can be especially motivating if you find yourself having a particularly rough practice day or you’re feeling discouraged about your progress. Looking back at where you were six months, three months, or even just a month ago can really help you bring to mind how far you’ve actually come since then! 

The Flute Practice Journal 2024 is coming soon!

Many of you have told us that you enjoyed our 2023 journal and given us some valuable feedback on your experience. We’ve decided to bring out a new and improved version for 2024 and include some really cool features that we think you’ll really enjoy!

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