Guess who hasn’t done his Christmas shopping? That’s right… this guy! So am I worried? Absolutely not… because that’s just how I roll. And come Christmas morning, every one of my loved ones will have the perfect present with a great big shiny ribbon.
Try Teaching Like I Shop
Don’t take my last-minute Christmas shopping as a sign of weakness. I’m not a procrastinator… I’m simply a scheduler. If I let my Christmas shopping turn into a two-month marathon, my closet will be filled to the brim with less than perfect gifts that I spent way too much money on. But given a set amount of time, I skip the dilly-dallying and instead focus on what’s important (and then knock it out of the gift giving park.)
And this is how I think piano teachers should approach their planning; with a set-in-stone schedule. Too many piano teachers sit down in the front of their computers to do their weekly or monthly planning only to find themselves up until the wee hours of the morning… and then they do it again the next night and the night after that. I’m not knocking piano teachers… quite the opposite… I admire their dedication to their craft.
But I also want to help piano teachers get their lives back. The piano teaching profession can be physically, mentally, and emotionally draining and those precious hours in search of the perfect plan can be put to good use for the non-music things in your life like yoga… or roller derby 😉
Work Expands To Fill the Time
So, if you happen to be one of the many over-planners in our profession, give yourself a piano planning schedule and stick to it; when the time is up, it’s up. It will take a little bit of getting used to, but before long, you’ll discover that shorter lesson planning sessions result in higher quality lessons. Deadlines make you pay attention to what really matters.