Having to take my wife to the Mayo Clinic last week, I have not had any piano activity to speak of. Today, I reviewed the first lesson and will continue with the next tomorrow, and so on until I catch up to where I was. That is one of the good things about such a structured lesson plan. I can get back to where I was by reviewing, and especially knowing what I need to review before continuing on.
One thing I have noticed is that momentum is an important factor to both consider and nurture. I find that if I practice every day (taking one day a week off as Duane Shinn suggests), I seem to have a momentum that carries itself as the habit and rhythm of regular practice take hold. However, if I encounter a break in my practice habit, the longer the break, the harder it is to get back into the routine. The best thing for me to do is to simply jump right in without thinking about it. It is interesting that the longer I think about it, the harder it is to take action.
It is said that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. While that is true, it is also true that we each have to make a decision every day to take the next step and the next. Every day is a new commitment to our chosen goals.
I remember finishing my degree at night. Every quarter I had to recommit to the next quarter by not thinking about enrolling, but instead just going to the school and doing it. There is a time to think and consider our actions, and a time to take action. Once the decision to do something has been made, it becomes time to take action again and again, one day and decision at a time.