As we fly toward the end of the semester with rapidly approaching juries, contests, auditions, etc., managing time well becomes a big deal. Below are some tips that will help. These are updated from an article I wrote a few years ago: Basic Time Management.
Ten Time Tips
1. Handle mail only once. Read it now or read it later (not both!). Emails should be answered within 24 hours.
2. Practice/study/work where you cannot be interrupted by the phone. If possible, turn off your cell phone.
3. Learn how to quickly (and courteously) get rid of visitors when they drop by your practice room or office to just “chat.”
4. Always strive to improve your time management skills: Google it, read a book, attend a lecture, etc.
5. Exercise/Eat Right/Sleep 7-8 hours every night. “Every hour of sleep before midnight counts as two” is a good old rule to follow.
6. Recruit help. You do not have to do every chore yourself.
7. Carefully consider goals and goal-setting. Remember the Chinese proverb: “A journey of
a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
8. Just do it! Be disciplined. The more you are disciplined, the more disciplined you will
9. Failure: If you fall down, don’t just lie there and complain. LEARN, get up, and keep going. Remember the words of John Wooden, “Don’t whine, complain or make excuses – just do the best you can.”
10. Television is your enemy (at least as far as time is concerned). Now there is a another
enemy – the COMPUTER, especially FACEBOOK and the INTERNET (when that page is “loading” your life is going with it!). [So, let’s ponder these tips, get a plan and get to it!]
NOTE: Photo above courtesy PDPhoto.org.