Magic Choral Trick #129 Enough Time
When students, choir members or other directors are explaining to me why they aren’t getting the results they wanted most tell me that they didn’t have enough time.
When this comes from the mouths of six year olds to whom I’ve assigned about 6 minutes of daily practice it becomes obvious that what’s lacking is not the time, but the daily consciousness of needing to practice. They need to be reminded that doing the 6 minutes will make them feel much better about themselves when it comes time for their next lesson. The little practice chart that they check off is definitely helping – but for those of us who spend any time at a computer, a little online accountability might be just what we need.
When my daughter told me about http://www.dailytodo.org I was intrigued.
You create your own list of daily tasks. You then click the appropriate box when you’ve finished the task, and a green dot appears. If you don’t get around to an item, it’s a red dot that’ll show up – which will plague and taunt you for several days.
I wonder if the creator of this little website is aware of the difference he or she is making in the lives of my kids, and my nieces and nephews.
If you are a director and sometimes say to yourself “I wish I had planned exactly what I was going to do with this piece”; or if you’re a Barbershop chorus member and don’t want to be unprepared for the competition stage – this website http://www.dailytodo.org is for you. This website is for anyone who wants to feel good about what they’ve accomplished by the end of the day.
Right now my list looks like this:
30 minutes of exercise
Work on Blog
Planning/working on stuff for choirs and students
Clean an area of the house other than kitchen or main room
Having accomplished just these few things each day makes my life more fun, and actually takes up much less time than thinking about, then not doing them.