Sounds somewhat familiar to me. Do you feel it’s sort of “easier” to be doing something else? Have you ever had frustrations about practicing guitar?
Last year I ran into a podcast that helped me reconfigure my own thoughts, and more importantly emotions, toward practicing a skill. It’s in Finnish so I doubt linking it would help, but the core message was that safeguarding your own motivation should be your number one priority.
I had motivation, but I was practicing too hungrily and expecting to win without doing enough and correctly. Being too hard on myself. Eventually my practicing stopped and it turned out I was a little depressed about practicing or scared of it, as silly as it sounds. Basically unconfronted feelings, I suppose. I needed to trick myself into remembering again that practicing is awesome and that I can reach my goals, despite some frustrations in the past.
The weird thing was like you said too: on paper, I was excited to practice. I loved the idea of it. I had many things lined up to learn and I always held practicing in high regard. I kept saving cool licks, videos and concepts into folders to practice them “later”. That almost never happened because I wanted to avoid frustration more than I wanted to learn the chops.
That podcast’s idea about “safeguarding one’s motivation” clicked for me. It enabled me to pick up practicing again. It made me realize that I had been mismanaging my practice methods, and let myself become a bit allergic to my own guitar-related frustrations. I had begun associating practice sessions with emotions of disappointment and alienation from the identity of a guitarist.
How to maintain motivation is probably very different for everyone. For me, it was all about doing tiny steps first, like a proof of concept. When I began experiencing feelings of success, my excitement for embracing the role of a guitar player started coming back. Practicing is again something I want to do and I trust in it.
Anyway, I’m not saying your case is necessarily about motivation. Just a story to maybe spark some thought.