Daily practice takes work, but time is short. Short, both literally and figuratively. More times than I care to admit events overtake me too. Demand out strips capacity. On these days sometimes the best thing is just to sit quietly and really listen to beautiful music. Let it just wash over you, pour a class of wine and bliss out.
You've got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail.
I'm a professional pianist and music educator in West Toronto Ontario. I'm also a devoted percussionist and drum teacher.