Don’t waste time – Complete your Opus!

“Extraordinary claims require require extraordinary evidence.” – Carl Sagan
My version of this quote today is “extraordinary projects require extraordinary time and commitment.” I have been wanting to write a book for many years. There are also several compositions that have been waiting to be completed. These larger projects have gotten moved to the back burner mostly because of an extremely full work schedule. It’s high time to get these projects done.

My to-do list
Ironically I’m even getting distracted while writing this post but writing is now on my summer to-do list. As a public school strings teacher it is very important for me to rest and recharge during the summer. I’m feeling challenged by how to prioritize practicing, cleaning, organizing finances… meanwhile saving time for fun and relaxation. Trying to add in a huge, opus-type project has the potential to eclipse anything else that I want or need to get done over the summer.

Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
I’m in a time in my life when this book by Stephen R. Covey is particularly relevant. Covey uses a grid system to prioritize a to-do list according to what is important, not important, urgent, and not urgent. Having first read this book back in the 90’s, I have found it especially helpful in terms of not getting overwhelmed with daily chores yet still getting them done. It has helped me prioritize so that I can bring my opus to completion.

Violinist Linda Beers is the creator of the Inspiration for Violinists, a 50 card deck. Each card has a unique image and text inspiring musicianship, mindfulness and spirituality.

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