1. Schedule your practice time.
Make your practice a reality by scheduling it in your calendar. Find a time that works best. It may take a few weeks or so of experimenting to nail it. If you get up early for work, then consider getting up earlier. Or do it right when you get home before you relax. Or find a practice room near work you can cut out to on your lunch-break.
2. Start with less and grow to more.
Trying to establish a routine is a little harder than once you are in it. I always recommend to start with 2-3 days a week of practice and once you have that established, then increase it one day at a time until you are at 5 days per week.
3. Make it non-negotiable.
This is the kicker. Making your practice non-negotiable. Once you get your practice time in your calendar you need treat it like you do your job. You can’t just not show up – right? Whatever you do, don’t give up on yourself.
4. Make it a practice of “devotion” to your craft and mission.
Instead of thinking of your vocal practice as a drag, think of it as devotion to your music. It has a softer connotation, from the heart. Isn’t your music the most important thing in the world to you? Then treat your practice with your love. Makes it easier and more fun. Besides, it’s not only good for your voice, it’s good for you. Practising vocal technique is kind of like meditating. For those 30 – 45 minutes you lower the chatter in your brain and focus on the here and now. And, you oxygenate your body and brain. Check.
5. Do it regardless of how you feel.
There are always things that will derail your practice. Especially how you feel. But if you make a rule that you will practice regardless of how you feel (think of Lady Gaga – if she can practice every day for 6 months so can you) — then you’ll be more successful. And think of it this way, once you make the decision, it’s easier to do ;).
I hope this helps you be a vocal powerhouse and reach your true potential.
You can do this. One step at a time. Have faith.
Can’t wait to hear about your results!