I began writing this on another thread, but thought twice, and thought it is actually its own topic. As a music teacher, my performing schedule is quite open. (As is the case with many public school teachers; in comparison to working professionals). So my question is this: How does one, not being a professional or no longer taking lessons maintain accountability in playing? What motivators exist? I spend about 1 1/2 - 3 hours over the course of a day practicing; some of that is just playing, some is actually practicing, to be honest. But if there was greater accountability, like "Let's see...recording session this week, young people's concerts this weekend, quintet at the church", well, you get the picture; instead of "hmm...well...nothing coming for another 5 weeks". That is liberating, but holds alot less accountability; the lack of structure or demand on your abillities can also allow you to get lazy. Something I am doing to combat this is just applying for auditions nearby whenever I hear of or see an opening. Any other ideas? What pushes/motivates you?