I am often asked what a day in my life looks like, and my standard response often feels like I’m dodging the question. However the truth is that what my day looks like really depends on the day. As I manage my solo performance and teaching schedules, Cats Paying Dues rehearsals and performances, my olde tyme jass Quartet, Tap into Freedom programs, as well as other projects (writing, public speaking, collaborations, and new project development), my day is often filled with whatever is most necessary.
Some days I’m in front of my computer for hours – writing emails, creating budgets, updating my website, or designing postcards for upcoming events. I call these work days.
Other days are spent in the studio. Just me and my shoes – although music and other players often join in the fun.
Yet other days are spent on the road…plane, train, or automobile.
Some days are spent at the venue of a performance, arriving before load-in, and staying through load-out.
And when I began writing this particular post my desk was simply this, my lap.
With such variation I’ve had to develop a way of working that is both flexible and portable. I’m continually refining my toolkit of high tech project management systems and devices, and low tech note-taking methods. But we’ll talk about those in a later post. Right now I’m wondering, what does your desk look like?