To Do or Not to Do?





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To Do or Not to Do?
By Jeeyoon Kim  • Issue #33 • View online
Hello friends!
Over the past few weeks I have been experimenting with a to-do list makeover after reading this article, talking about a glut of tools claiming to make us all into taskmasters. We almost never master our tasks. Coincidentally I’ve also got to watch a video of a famous photographer Peter McKinnon sharing his new method of creating a to-do list on a notepad for 30 days and how it changed his life. So I decided to try this method!
It is simple. I bought a small pocket-size spiral notebook and wrote 3 to 8 tasks per page per day, leaving the page open on my desk or wherever I see it  throughout the day. The tasks range from things that I need to do (bite size) to things I want to be more aware of, such as 3 minutes of breathing deeply and closing my eyes. The key has been that I would write down ‘only’ things that I think I can actually do. Even though I wanted to write a bigger and ambitious task, I kept it very small and minimal. Another important thing I made sure of was that I write some of the tasks for the next day a day in advance so that I don’t start the day with an empty page even if it is simply writing a date and day. One my permanent list of every day is to write what to do tomorrow.
I realized the power of simple tactile writing on paper. If there is anyone who experiments with task apps and to-do list applications on a device, it is me. However, it always seems not to work in the long term or that my to-do lists always seem to end up in a stalemate for weeks without getting anywhere, or I lose track of my system.
Strangely but surely, an act of crossing a line over a task with a pen gives me a wonderful feeling of accomplishment every time. Perhaps we don’t need a complicated system to keep the momentum going, but just a good old pen and paper. I do like a notebook better than post-its or loose paper as I find that it is more organized.
To-do lists don’t always have to have tasks. They can have a direction that you want to take throughout the day. On my day off last Sunday I wrote
1.     Take a full restful day and take it easy!
2.    Practice the Franck piano quintet for an hour and half
3.    Create a list for Monday
4.    Review 15 Spanish words from yesterday
5.    Do one 5-minute meditation app
What kind of to-do list system has been successful for you? Please share it with me!
Have a wonderful week! 💕

I tend to use a mixture of three languages in my notes and give myself a sticker at the end of the day.
I tend to use a mixture of three languages in my notes and give myself a sticker at the end of the day.
My favorite things this week
  1. A book - I frequently open this book, Year of Wonder by Clemency Burton-Hill just to enjoy a random piece of music guided by someone who put a lot of thought into curating the selection. It is an inspirational piece of music for every day of the year, celebrating composers from the medieval era to the present day, written by award-winning violinist and BBC Radio 3 presenter. She says ‘The only requirements for enjoying classical music are open ears and an open mind.’ AMEN! I highly recommend that you have it on your desk. 
  2. A rehearsal week- Today is the first performance day of the three-day concert series with the Hausmann Quartet! It is an intense but fun week for me to create music. A little birdie said that there are just a couple of tickets left for today and Sunday! (wink-wink) (Saturday is sold out.) 
A rehearsal with Hausmann Quartet
A rehearsal with Hausmann Quartet
The Super Mario appears in the ocean on Halloween
The Super Mario appears in the ocean on Halloween
My favorite Music This Week
Khatia Buniatishvili - Grieg - Piano Concerto in A minor - Sokhiev
Khatia Buniatishvili - Grieg - Piano Concerto in A minor - Sokhiev
The concerto, whose first moment has one the most famous openings in all music, is characterized by a tremendous vitality throughout; this bittersweet but emotionally lustrous second movement seems to overflow with feeling.
Quote of the Week
“And when you find out what your WHY is-and your WHY gotta be deeper than you- When you find your Why. You don’t hit snooze no more! When you find your WHY. You find a way to make it happen!” -Eric Thomas
Tweet of the Week
Jeeyoon Kim, pianist
Mornings of concert days always feel different- all my senses are heightened; a fresh air, a smell of pumpkin spice, a warm ray of sunshine, and an amplified sound of an environment. Getting ready to give and receive what the universe offers. What a joy!
This Week's Video to Highlight
"What is ONE THING you wish you've known 10 years ago? What is one practice tip to share?"
"What is ONE THING you wish you've known 10 years ago? What is one practice tip to share?"
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Jeeyoon Kim

Hi, I am Jeeyoon, classical pianist, educator, author, podcaster and YouTuber from US, originally from South Korea. I am passionate about creating a classical music more relevant and friendly to everyone, creating a bridge between me and audiences, and sharing behind the scenes of a life of classical pianist. I write bi-weekly newsletter with some thoughts, life lessons and interesting articles I discovered during those weeks.

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