For Fans of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine
When I´m at the office I have tons of inspiration and energy to pick up the guitar and play. I can´t wait to get home and play. The problem is, when I finally get home, I´m too tired and all of my inspiration is gone. I even have a hard time to get any practise done in the weekends.
How do you guys do?
I retired, there are priorities after all. When I worked, I'd get up a couple hours earlier, and practice after coffee - then be tired and listless later at work.
Oh, and get a personal instructor (no matter what level you are at) - even if only once a month, the 'urge to please teacher' will be enough to keep you going, not to mention that you probably end up really practicing, and the right things (not goofing around).
I felt tired and unispired at the end of every work day, but I don't anymore. Here's what I changed:
a) I eat a snack of lean meat and a fruit or vegetable about 4 hours after lunch. If I'm getting enough sleep, that afternoon depression is not from being tired, it's from being hungry. Make the snack easy and convenient, for example: a few slices of turkey and an apple. No sugar!
b) I exercise at lunch time, followed by a light meal. No sugar. A lunchtime workout is short, make it vigorous.
c) This time of year, I suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder. I've discovered that 20 minutes per day with this little artifical sunlight gadget works well to mitigate that: http://www.amazon.com/Zadro-Sunlight-Artificial-Days-Year/dp/B0011U...