If I go to the grocery store without a list . . . .

I probably don’t need to finish that sentence. You know what happens: I forget half of the things I need to buy, and I buy things I really don’t need just because they look good.

So, long ago, I started keeping a digital list which I can easily edit the moment I think of an item I need to purchase. That often happens when I’m doing something totally unrelated to eating or cooking.

A similar thing happens in my job as a piano teacher. I might randomly run across a piece and think, “Oh, that would be perfect for Peter.” But I won’t see Peter until four days from now, so how am I going to remember?

I’ve tried lots of things, such as:

  • Doing my best to just remember, because how hard could it be to hang onto that thought for four days?
  • Putting the piece in a file folder with Peter’s name on it.
  • Writing the title on a Post-it note with Peter’s name on it.
  • Putting a Post-it note with Peter’s name on the actual piece.

I could write a book on the variety of ways I have made all the above methods (and many more) fail miserably.

But today, this very day, a new solution came on the horizon. The Vivid Practice app, which I use to convey assignments to my students, added a FUTURE ASSIGNMENTS folder to its interface. For every one of my students, I have a FUTURE ASSIGNMENTS folder.

I’m in love.

Now, when it crosses my mind that a certain student would enjoy or benefit from a particular piece, I can just add the title to the FUTURE ASSIGNMENTS folder for that student. (Students can’t see the folder. It’s just there for the teacher.) My fleeting strokes of genius don’t have to be remembered. There’s a system for keeping track of them now–a system I think I’ll actually consistently follow since it fits in seamlessly with the daily workflow I’m already using.

My mind is whirling with all the ways this is going to be helpful in my teaching and lesson planning. I’ve used it for only one day so far; but, already, it feels like a process that just clicks for me.

Vivid Practice, thank you!