Does Having an Editorial Calendar Work?

I’ve been struggling to think of blog ideas on a daily basis and the reason why I think this is happening is because I don’t have an editorial calendar. I take blogging day by day. And there aren’t set goals I want to accomplish each week. I think I might feel intimidated if I have goals to accomplish every week, but I think it’s good to have an idea of what to expect from yourself. We all have to be held accountable somehow.

I’m not sure if I should integrate this into my already cluttered google calendar. And it seems silly to set aside times to write. I know that I will end up feeling too pressured to write, and I won’t end up doing it. For me, is a calendar really worth it?

The running list of blog ideas seems more like something I’ll do. I’ve noticed that I’ll have some blog ideas, and I’ll quickly forget it if I don’t write it down. They are short bursts of inspiration throughout my day. Once I forget it, I have trouble trying to remember it.

I think that instead of having an editorial calendar, I’m going to make a list of blog post ideas. I’m going to spend time brainstorming every day before I write. And then hopefully I won’t feel so lost when it comes to choosing a topic to write about.

Blogging is a process and we are all learning what works best for ourselves. I’m looking forward to expanding my blog and putting more work into it. I’ve worked so hard so far on my blogs, but I know I can do better.

A day in the life of a piano teacher 🍎 🍏

I find myself really busy all the time. There are a million things on my todo list and honestly, there’s not enough time in the day to get everything done. For me, I always make sure that all of my students are progressing. And that takes a lot of attention and decision making every day.

Today, I started out with a doctors appointment. I cleaned out my teaching bag yesterday night so I have a clean start for this new week. I also answered some text messages from parents. I almost always get texts every day from parents either to reschedule or cancel a lesson. Before lessons, I spend time answering all these texts for the day. I then start packing my teaching bag. I carry a lot of materials with me when I go to teach. It’s a big deal to really stock up on materials because my students use it up very fast. After that, I usually almost always bring a big bottle of water and a coffee for the day. Then, I’m out the door.

For me, I use google calendar for all of my scheduling. I know I’ve written a separate blog post about google calendar before, but if you guys want me to write another one, I can explain more about how I use it. Google calendar is my lifeline. It’s where I store ALL of my information on lessons and addresses. I also store personal events and reminders for every aspect of my life on there. It’s kind of like a planner, but more catered to my style of planning. I also share my calendar with my boyfriend so he can see what I have to do for the day. He also shares his calendar with me. I glance at my calendar for the day and I see how my day is going to be.

I travel to each of my students’ homes to teach. It’s convenient for me because I don’t want to teach from my own home. And they like the convenience of it. Each student has lesson books and technical exercise books I’ve chosen for them. We go through the lesson by me watching them play. And I give feedback. At times, I’ll have to teach a concept and they just listen. I have four lessons today. That’s quite a large load for me on a typical day. I average about 4-5 lessons a day.

I don’t know how today’s going to go because I haven’t started my lessons yet. But I hope it’s going to be a good day 🤞 I hope everyone is having a good Monday!