Half the battle of practicing is finding a time to practice and assembling all of your practice tools. I use several methods of keeping track of my practicing including to do list, a calendar, and notebook. I’d love to hear what you use to organize!
To Do List
Post its: I use these to jot down quick reminders. These typically last only a few minutes as they are meant to be a temporary brain dump.
Wunderlist: I love this app! I can use it on my phone or computer. I can have multiple lists with subtasks and notes all in one place. A few of my lists include daily activities (such as a specific piece I need to listen to or practice), shopping list, gift lists, and books to read. I also have a master list for my music studio that includes things like marketing, photo copies, professional reading/listening, wish list, and large project task lists (such as my new studio notebook). I love that I can create separate lists, subtasks, and priority items. I can easily reorder items to show priority.
How to use it for practicing: Create a list (or lots of lists) for practicing. Ideas for practice lists include: practice strategies, repetition ideas, techniques, practice spots, review pieces, pieces to listen to, favorite composers, favorite violinists/violists, daily order of practice items
Google Calendar: I have a google calendar that syncs across all of my devices and onto my website. My MMS calendar and ECO rehearsal schedule sync to this as well. I schedule everything on this! Important practice sessions, lessons, rehearsals, family events, appointments, meetings, library due dates, etc. Any thing that has a deadline, or requires my attention, gets a spot on my calendar.
How to use it for practicing: Create an event that repeats everyday for practicing! Figure out a time that you can practice everyday. I recommend trying to schedule a morning practice session. That will leave time later in the day for additional practice sessions.
In addition to my to do lists and my calendar, I have two primary notebooks. The first is used for daily notes and ideas (like a journal). This book is primarily used for personal goal and record keeping (such as practicing everyday). My favorite notebook is a tiny paperback notebook that I use to write all of my music and professional notes from conferences, meetings, and business research.
How to use it for practicing: Use a physical notebook to keep track of what you practice, when you practice, what you will practice next time, and any practice questions you may have.