Time allocation is a skill in itself which once mastered can revolutionize your development.
How to schedule your time effectively
List and prioritize your goals
Begin by establishing your goal(s). Try listing all of the skills/subject you need to improve on. Then, figure out what you need to do to improve. From there, you can break them down into smaller, more achievable goals. The more specific you can be, the better! Lastly, prioritize your list – don’t run before you can walk. Small, achievable goals lead up to the big successful picture.
Allocate time to practice
Scheduling time in your week to practice or study in advance will mean that it’s never “lost” time – it’s time spent wisely! It’ll be easier to stick to a schedule if it’s pre-planned. Also, try allocating time for studying/practicing before you allocate time for other activities. Giving your goals a high priority is easier said than done, but we all have 24 hours in a day – use them wisely!
Chunking is the act of splitting up your practice sessions so they’re shorter, but you have more of them. This can be done simply by studying/practicing with high intensity for 15-20 minutes, followed by a 5-15 minute break (watch TV, go for a walk, do some chores, make a cup of tea, simply close your eyes). Benefits of chunking include increasing your overall time “in the zone”, as well as keeping things fresh and not monotonous (which can be a killer for positive development).