How to Practice When You Really Don’t Feel Like It

We’ve all had those days. You know you need to practice. You know you need to learn that song, that role, that exercise.

But you just. don’t. feel. like. it.

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I’ve been there. Heck, sometimes I still have those days. But over the years, I have learned to battle and block the excuse monster.

The excuse monster is that little voice in all of our heads that tells us we’re too tired, hungry, stressed, or busy today and that we can just practice…tomorrow.

And it doesn’t just pop up when you need to practice. That little stupid voice that pushes against us whenever we try to do something good for ourselves. Whether it’s getting some daily physical activity in, making healthier food choices, quitting bad social media habits, or saying “hi” to someone – that excuse monster loves to pop in and say “eh, you’ll get another chance to do that tomorrow.”

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I haaaate that voice ave it. Our power lies in our ability to recognize and resist that voice as much as possible.

Sometimes it helps me to think of that little voice as my arch-nemesis. My arch-nemesis, who only wants to see me underprepare and fail, would definitely tell me to skip my practice time. My arch-nemesis, who would never want me to improve my singing and musical skills, would definitely tell me to skip my practice time. My arch-nemesis, who would do anything to make sure I did not succeed at my lessons, or auditions, or performances would definitely want me to skip my practice time.

For this reason, I cannot skip practice time. I refuse to be my own arch-nemesis. I refuse to let my own excuses, or laziness, or complacency be the reason I don’t improve or don’t move forward in life.

I am all for resting when necessary and giving my voice and mind a break, particularly when I’ve been doing a lot of singing preparing for a show or performing in a show. Rest is absolutely critical as well.

My focus is on the day to day practice routine that every singer needs to schedule and execute as consistently as possible.

I’ve also found it helpful to create a “back-up practice plan” in case life gets in the way one day and I have to adjust. In that