Reset & Refresh: Tidying Tips for Studio Teachers

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Presentation Notes

  1. End of the lesson (15 seconds)
    • This can happen while saying goodbye to or welcoming the next student!
    • Types of tasks
      • Toss trash
      • Resituate writing utensils
      • Replace teaching manipulatives
      • Reset bench/pedal extender
  2. End of day (5-15 minutes)
    • Keep your tidying checklists small –  no more than 5-6 items!
    • Types of tasks
      • End of lesson tasks plus…
      • Scan student assignments
      • Final emails
      • Push in benches, wrap up headphones, close piano lid
  3. End of the week (15-30 minutes)
    • Set a recurring reminder with specific tasks listed.
      • Consider Monday students
      • Final emails
      • Sort photos & downloads folder
      • Close out computer
      • Charge mouse
      • Minor cleaning
      • Sort bills, receipts, invoices
  4. End of the season (1-2 hours)
    • Schedule it.
    • Different than daily or weekly tidying tasks.
    • Small projects and planning.
      • Student planning
      • Get rid of piles
      • Refill stuff
      • Tackle larger projects
      • Sort bills, receipts invoices
  5. End of term or school year (2-4 hours or up to an entire day or two!)
    • Schedule it.
    • Rearrange (your space – literally, LOL)
    • Reorganize (edit, categorize, contain, maintain)
    • Rethink (what’s working – what’s not?)
      • assignment giving
      • billing
      • social media / studio communication



What gets scheduled gets done.
-Michael Hyatt

To begin, begin.
-William Wordsworth


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Related Podcast Episodes

Episode 006 – Tasks: They’re not all created qual

Is your task list stressing you out? Does it feel like your task list is never-ending? In this episode, we’ll talk about how we can identify three different types of tasks and separate them out in a useful, practical, and sustainable way because it’s true – they’re not all created equal!

Episode 019 – Spring Cleaning: It’s Time!

Spring is a season of rejuvenation and renewal, so why not re-energize by giving your studio a good spring cleaning and physical overhaul? We’re not talking about your everyday dusting and sweeping here, people. It’s time to go deep. Deep cleaning, that is.

Episode 049 – Reset Your Studio Before the Holidays

Resist the urge to run out the door and into the holiday break. Take the time to reset by clearing three spaces and do a little planning to create a smooth transition into the new year.

Episode 052 – Think Again: A Mindset for Getting and Staying Organized

Being organized is not a one-off activity. It’s about maintaining a mindset and desire to be intentional about finding systems that work well for you. More importantly, it’s about being willing to think again and regularly reconsider whether those systems are still serving you well.