10 Time Management Tips

Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike”

The days between Thanksgiving and Christmas are often a super busy time for musicians (and everyone!). Therefore, I offer the following 10 Time Management Tips – with a few NEW updates – from an article I published in the NACWPI Journal (citation below).

10 Time Management Tips by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike”

1. Handle mail only once. Read it now or read it later (not both!). Emails should be answered within 24 hours. Extra Teacher Tip: If you use your school’s email, make sure that your school’s email storage has not reached its limit. NEW: These rules also now apply to texts!

2. Practice/study/work where you cannot be interrupted by the phone. If possible, turn off your cell phone. NEW: Don’t look at that phone!

3. Learn how to quickly (and courteously) get rid of unexpected 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
become.

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.” NEW: John Wooden also said, “Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.”

10.  Television and the Internet are your enemies (at least as far as time is concerned).  Now, a new enemy is here: the SMARTPHONE. [NO! You don’t have to check Twitter on your iPhone every few minutes to see if your college football team has a new offensive coordinator….]

ClarinetMike says, “Re-read these tips and then put down your iPhone and get back to work!”

Original Article © by The National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors NACWPI Journal, Vol. XLVI, No. 3, spring 1998. Thanks to NACWPI for kind permission.

About ClarinetMike

American clarinetist MICHAEL DEAN performs and teaches internationally and across the USA to consistent praise such as "world-class clarinetist and pedagogue," "consummate performer," "inspirational," "outstanding teacher," "super," "brilliant performer," and "one of the best clinicians I have ever seen." His career is headlined by appearances at Carnegie Hall, ClarinetFest, NACWPI, Eastman School of Music, and Royal Northern College of Music with recent recitals and master classes in Canada, Italy, Spain, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Louisiana, and Texas. In July, he will again return to Vipiteno, Italy as Clarinet Artist Faculty in Residence at the international Orfeo Music Festival 2019. He is featured on 5 commercial CD's and on New Media, such as YouTube. He is currently preparing another new clarinet CD, Postcards from Silver Lake. Dr. Dean has given more than 500 clinics, master classes and performances at high schools, universities, conferences and other venues. For 11 years he was a clarinetist with the Paducah Symphony and he's also performed with the Southwest Symphony, Nevada Symphony, Abilene Philharmonic, Southeast Chamber Players, Red Mesa Trio, and Duo 35. His articles appear in journals such as Southwestern Musician, WINDPLAYER, NACWPI Journal and The Bandmasters' Review. As "ClarinetMike," he writes for his widely-viewed ClarinetMike Blog, the Internet’s #1 clarinet blog read in 150 countries on 6 continents: clarinetmike.wordpress.com. After a successful 25 years of teaching clarinet at the university level, he relocated to his native Texas due to family concerns. He is a past president and former National Board officer of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors (NACWPI). Dr. Michael Dean studied clarinet performance at Texas Tech University, University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Texas at Austin and University of Texas at Arlington. His teachers include Robert Walzel, Phil Aaholm, Carol Jessup, Jess Youngblood, and Bob Ackerman. His web page, clarinetmike.com, features video of his teaching and performing as well as information on his CD's and other publications. He is a BG France Performing Artist.
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4 Responses to 10 Time Management Tips

  1. Practise 5 different pieces mostly EVERYDAY ( totaly 61 pieces) call the projekt ” 00 – sandpaper” started in mars- 2018. The point : the get the clarinet repertoar BETTER and prepare my further RETIRED CONCERT Yesterday i practise Weber f major concerto / Madrigal1 / Bozza Buqolique / Copland concerto/ and finally Nielsen op 57. TODAYI continue with 5 others

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