Time Management Tip: What Music Can Teach You About Time Management – Part 2

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Do you enjoy music?eighthnotes

Have you ever considered music as a teacher when it comes to managing your own time?

Last year I wrote a post on this very subject. Turns out I still had a few more things to say…

Today’s post follows up with a few more additional pointers culled from my own musical background.*

Sometimes you just have to improvise.

There are times when it’s okay to break free from convention and fill an empty measure or two with your own musical creation. If you’re playing an instrument within a larger group and are not used to improvising, it can certainly be an unnerving experience realizing you are on the spot and have to perform!

Time Management Equivalent: As much as we try to keep to our own busy schedules in this thing called life, sometimes you have to make do with what you have at any given point in time. You have to improvise and deal with situations (read: missed connections, double-booked schedules and the like) as they happen and just go with the flow.

You have to practice in order to get better.

As any student of music or professional musician will tell you…if you want to be a better musician…you have to practice. Practicing scales, doing drills, working on your breathing techniques, all of these items will make you abetter musician.

Time Management Equivalent: Time management doesn’t just “happen.” You have to know how to experience time, get a feeling for how long things will or should take, and know what you need to do to keep your time in check. You have to practice time management regularly in order to get better at it. No ifs, and or buts.

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How to pay attention to the world around you.

It is imperative a musician follows the conductor or leader of a band or orchestra and listens to what is going on within the group. You can play your part in a musical group, but if you are not listening and tuning in to the others around you, you’ll be lost.

Time Management Equivalent: Time doesn’t exist in a vacuum. There’s a time for work and a time for play, a time for reaping and a time for sowing. If you don’t pay attention to the world around you, you’ll waste even more time trying to figure things out or set things right.

Now to you…have you ever made any time management analogies or realizations on your own? If so, what were they? Leave a comment below and join in the conversation!

*I’m referring to piano lessons as a child, playing the clarinet in a symphonic band, orchestra and quintet through grade school, with a smattering of music theory in high school and college.

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