- that you know how much time you intend to work
- that you spend your time effectively
- that you don’t practice mistakes into what you know
- that you learn new material
- that you distribute your time across the things you love doing (playing things you already know?), the things that aren’t so much fun (etudes?), and the things you just don’t want to do (metronome?).
Once you have a plan – make sure you actually work that plan! Don’t go through the exercise of making a plan and then leaving it in a drawer. Write it down – and keep it near your work place practice spot. Set yourself up to succeed by checking it each and every time you practice so that you are always moving forward. Occasionally review your plan to make sure it is still pushing you toward your current and long term goals.
Do you have a practice plan? Do you use it?