Zach from Colorado writes:
I’m afraid my practice sessions haven’t been as structured as I’d intended, always seeming to drift off toward “noodling”.
Noodling can be good as a way of taking a mental break while keeping your hands on the instrument, making friendly sounds. But I recommend having specific short-term goals, and keeping a written list of them in your case for ready reference. After you notice you’ve been noodling for ten minutes, you’re probably ready to re-focus on some exercise you’ve named on your short-term goal list.