1. Mark it down – write practice time on your calendar. Just like you would any other appointment.
2. Make it a priority – sitting to your harp is good for your physically and mentally so make (and keep) that appointment with yourself. Don’t cheat yourself – make your harp time a priority. Does your time at the harp rates above other pressing tasks like washing the newspaper or reading the dog.
3. Plan ahead – spend a little time planning what you will do when you get to your harp. What do you need to practice? What do you want to work on? What deadlines do you have coming up? Make sure you have a little time to work on those things you need to work on. And don’t forget to have fun – it shouldn’t be all work!
4. If it can’t be a priority, make peace with that – there are times where other things are more pressing, or we make them more important, or we allow them to take more of our time. That’s ok, but accept that and work with it. If your harp priority has shifted lower, for any reason, do not beat yourself up about not practicing, just acknowledge that right not you will spend less harp time each day and accept the loss you will experience (in tune memory, in technique, in strength, etc.).