1. Disconnect. Power down your computer–or if you absolutely need the thing for some reason related to your practice and studies, sever it from the internet by disabling wireless.
2. Banish Television. According to Nielsen, the average American watches thirty-four hours of television per week. Thirty-four hours of television! That’s five hours a day. You know how much time world-class violinists spend practicing each week? About twenty-eight hours a week, or four hours per day. I suggest thinking of television in terms of what skills you choose to miss out on in exchange for a 22-minute show.
3. Set a timer. Every day, set a timer for 5-10 minutes. Within that time, work on a particularly mundane task related to your instrument or music theory. This is perfect for memorizing dry material inside and out over a long period of time, in small daily installments.