We all have been there - family members get sick, we ourselves get sick, work responsibilities unexpectedly are imposed and on and on.
On top of that we have a deadline of a recital coming up soon.
Yes, it does help to stay motivated to practice in difficult times but those unforeseen situations may throw you off track.
Instead of being ready 4 weeks before your recital, you are left wondering if you'll even make it at all.
If life gets in your way of finishing learning the pieces by 4 weeks until your recital, for the next recital change the plan - make it your goal to be ready 8 weeks prior to the public performance just in case - have a dress rehearsal run-through 2 months in advance.
Expect the unexpected.
[Thanks to John]