I'm always kind of struggling with deciding what to practice. Reading, fingerstyle technique, slapping tecnique, transcribing by ear, memorizing songs, etc. There's so much to do and only so much time available. Today, as I was thinking about it for the thousandth time, it ocurred to me that with the exception of reading, most of what I end up practicing is stuff that I expect to benefit from in the next 3 to 6 months. I work on songs that the band leaders who call me like to play, or on songs that I can almost play accurately but not quite. What if, instead of that, I think about where I want to be as a player in 5 or 10 years, and practice the things that will get me there? I'm not even sure what that would be yet, but it's probably more time on ear training, maybe even playing keyboards and singing. What do you think? Do you have long-term goals? Do you intentionally practice toward them?