It’s that time again in which I am grateful that I have my calendar. I have tried everything from planners to calendars on my phone. And what I’ve been discovering is that Google Calendar is the BEST calendar that i’ve ever used. It’s functional and it has so many customizations (which is great for someone like me). I’ll list a couple of things you can do with Google Calendar:
1. Color code different events
This makes it easier to see which lessons you have to travel to and which ones are in your piano studio 🙂
2. Put very specific time slots and keep them the same every week
3. Show weekly spreads or three day spreads
This allows you to see a couple days in advance and you’re also able to plan out the next day
4. Move your lessons for a specific week if that student is only moving their time for ONE week
And you can keep the same time slots for every week the same!
5. Remind you when your lessons are coming up
There are two reminders that you can use and I don’t use this feature, but it is handy
6. The app is accessible on your phone very easily
There are so many features, but I feel like the best way to see how the calendar works is through pictures:
I am so thankful that I have my calendar. I’ve been using a calendar since I started college. If there were more customizations, I would be all over it! Let me know what your favorite calendar application is!!
I thinks there’s some misunderstanding when it comes to people who work for themselves. I want to kind of clear the air about it and hopefully shine some more light on what I do everyday. I have very flexible scheduling. There’s always time for me to spend time with friends or make time for myself. And that is something completely new to me! When I used to work for an employer, I worked 10 hour shifts. My schedule was already predetermined. The thing that I didn’t like was that I had to stay there for 10 hours straight. When I started working more for myself, I have plenty of breaks in between each lesson.
On a typical day, I teach about 2-10 students a day. It really depends on which day it is. When I wake up in the morning, I have plenty of time to get ready for the day, take care of Zoe, make breakfast, relax, or even go workout. And I know that must sound really weird because most people don’t have that much time to do those things on a workday. It’s not that I don’t do anything at all during those times, but I focus more on prepping for the day. And when I’m able to prep for my day, the other aspects in life are settled also. This is all because I have the time to spare.
The big question is: do I even work? Or am I barely working? That’s a good question. I have to work really hard. There’s a tremendous amount of pressure to create excellent students and I also have to manage the extra-curricular things for them also. I have them perform in recitals and take musicianship exams. They also have to complete practice charts, homework assignments, and sight-reading practices. I’m very strict on these things, so it’s not always fun. The pressure also comes from having to keep them engaged with music and help them feel inspired every week. There’s a lot of behind the scenes work that goes into preparing for lessons that nobody ever talks about. On top of the fact, I am also taking training classes every week. Therefore, it may seem like there’s not a lot of work, but it can definitely add up to be a lot.
I hope that gives you more insight on what my days usually look like 🙂
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