7 Time Management Tips by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike”
1. Get a Plan! Make some kind of schedule or time plan and DO IT! I have found that having a plan and following it (even if it’s a so-so plan) results in great success. Don’t wait until you have the “perfect plan” to start.
2. Goal! Relate your Plan to a goal or two, not just putting out fires. One or two things actually accomplished is better than ten things not done.
3. Hey, How’s It Going? Handle texts, email, Facebook messages, regular mail, etc. only once. Read/act on it now or later (not both!). However, ALL messages should be answered within 24 hours.
4. Thanks So Much, but I Have To Go…. Learn how to quickly (and courteously) get rid of pesky unexpected visitors when they call or drop by your office/practice room to just “chat.”
5. Help! Recruit help. You do not have to do every chore yourself. You could give the pesky unexpected visitor a job to do for you!
6. STOP! Television and the internet are your enemies, at least as far as time is concerned. Now, a new enemy is here: the Smartphone. FYI, you don’t have to check Twitter every few minutes to see who your baseball team may draft.
7. Just Do It! Be disciplined. The more you are disciplined, the more disciplined you will
become. Work hard to develop better time habits.
BONUS: Mom is Right! 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.
ClarinetMike says, “Calm down, read through these tips again, put your phone away, and then plan the rest of your day and week.”
The above is a modified version of information from my published article, “Basic Time Management” © by The National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors NACWPI Journal, Vol. XLVI, No. 3, spring 1998. Thanks to NACWPI for kind permission.