how to structure piano into your day

Life is busy, isn’t it?

It seems like we’re all running around trying to make life fit into 24 hours per day.

Adding an activity like piano lessons into the mix can be tough, especially since it involves a daily practice commitment.

If you’re having a hard time fitting daily piano practice into your routine, never fear. There are ways for even the busiest of pianists to make piano happen every day!

Here are 6 easy ways to fit piano into your life, plus a couple of programs that can help you structure your piano practice.

Follow these tricks, and before long, you’ll find yourself in a no-stress practice schedule.

1. Play Piano the Same Time Every Day

This is probably the easiest and simplest way to fit piano into your busy (or even not-so-busy) day:

Play at the exact same time every day.

It doesn’t matter when you practice piano, as long as it’s consistent.

A good trick is to do it right when you wake up or after dinner. You could even try doing it right before bed, if you’re a night person.

They say it takes three weeks to build a habit like this, and today is a great day to start!

2. Set Yourself Reminders So You Don’t Forget

iphone icon for setting remindersHow many times have you gone to bed, only to stare at the ceiling and remember all the things you forgot to do?

Take piano playing off that undone to-do list by setting yourself reminders.

After all, if you want to learn an instrument, you need to do it daily.

Days off are OK, but consistently skipping regular practice days or lessons is a problem!

So what do you do?

Here are some ideas:

  • Set a reminder on your phone
  • Leave yourself a sticky note on the mirror
  • If you want to get really fancy, tell Google or Alexa to alert you

If you’re doing online piano lessons with Playground Sessions, one handy trick is to leave the webpage open all the time (if you can), and to set a reminder on your laptop. That way, you’ll already be in the right spot when you get your alert!

Playground Sessions on a laptop
Playground Sessions on a laptop

3. Give Yourself a Time Slot and a Time Limit

If you can build a time slot for practicing into your day, you’ll be headed for success.

However, a start time isn’t going to cut it. So what do you do?

Give yourself a time limit.

all in one timerIt might sound funny to say that you should put a timer on your piano practice, but this is actually really effective. Here’s why:

If you have a timer on while you’re playing, you’ll know exactly how much time you’ll be sitting on that bench.

You’ll also be more or less committed to playing for that entire time.

Also, you won’t be pausing to watch the clock.

Of course, if you have time and you feel like it, you can just keep on playing piano! As long as you get enough time in and you play consistently, that’s what matters.

4. Cut Out Time-Wasting Activities so You’ll Have More Time to Play

Did you hear there’s a new season of your favourite TV show starting up?

Wow, sounds like fun. You know what else it sounds like?

A huge waste of time.

Think you don’t have time to practice every day? Here’s a challenge:

Add up all the time you spend watching Youtube videos or Hulu, browsing Facebook, or playing video games.

If you’re anything like me (and the rest of the human race), I’m going to guess that it’s a lot more than it should be.

In fact, I bet you’ll be surprised at how much time you waste.

You could be channeling a lot of that time into practicing the piano and doing online lessons.

So if you have to cut something to make time for piano, do it!

Giving up one episode of Netflix a day should do it.

Plus, if you watch that Once Upon a Time episode at the same time every night, you now have a scheduled piano lesson time automatically built into your day.

5. Give Up Something Else to Make Time for Piano

Most people are far too busy. We act like it’s some kind of badge of honor to be stressed out.

You know what, though?

Busy isn’t necessarily good. It’s not the opposite of laziness.

Are you doing what makes you happy? Do you love your schedule? If not, something needs to go.

Just say “no.”

If you find that something nonessential isn’t floating your boat, why do it?

If you want to learn piano but you can’t find the time, fix your schedule:

Replace something you don’t enjoy with piano lessons and piano practice.

6. If You Don’t Have Time for Lessons: Try an Online Program

Maybe you’re reading this article because you’re trying to figure out how in the world you’re going to make piano lessons fit into your schedule. If that’s you, I have good news!

You don’t have to fit piano lessons into your schedule.

At least, you don’t have to fit in traditional lessons at someone’s piano studio.

Huge Tip: If you want to take lessons but just don’t have the time commitment to drive somewhere, you can take online lessons.

That way, you can build lessons right into your existing schedule, even if it’s in flux or pretty random.

There are a lot of programs to choose from.

For example:

playground sessions logoPlayground Sessions is a monthly subscription program that allows you to take online video piano lessons on your own time.

It can connect to a keyboard, or digital piano, so you can get feedback and improve. It also tracks your progress for you.

If you're looking for the best overall piano software, then consider this option. Check out the full Playground Sessions review here.

flowkey logoflowkey is similar to Playground Sessions and is also an affordable monthly subscription program.

Their main focus is on learning songs, however they are expanding their other lessons as well.

If you just want to learn to play your favourite tunes on piano, this is the piano lesson program to go with. Consider starting with their free trial.  Find more information on flowkey here. 

ArtistWorks LogoArtistWorks is the most personal online lesson site that you’ll be able to find.

Instead of just watching videos and letting artificial intelligence track your playing, you can actually learn from real teachers!

You and your teacher record and exchange lesson videos to help you learn and improve on piano.

Of course, with personalized instruction, this costs a little more. Learn more about piano at ArtistWorks here. 

piano for all logoThere are also great informational products like Piano For All which is more of a complete guide.

The most affordable option, but the most basic as well. It doesn’t have anything for advanced players, but it’s great for beginners.

If you just want to learn piano without all the bells and whistles, this is perfect for you! Learn more about this here. 

There you have it:

Your guide to fitting piano into your daily schedule.

What are you waiting for?

The best day to start a new routine is today!

Breana Johnson
Breana Johnson

I’m Breana, long-time piano player and casual guitar strummer. I grew up on Moezart and the Beach Boys, and I love all types of music! My day job is writing, but I moonlight as a piano teacher and occasionally play for events.