The Best Laid Plans of Mice and… Me

​The Only Constant is Change

Heraclitus, ~500BC​

In my last post, I spoke at length about my plans for the summer. I was chomping at the bit to get to work on version 2.0 of the Structured Practice Method application, and finally knew I had the luxury of plenty of time to focus on it in depth. I was excited.

Looking back over that article, I'm glad to see that I didn't make the mistake of setting specific goals for releases. I'm not sure if I found this article while I was writing, or shortly after, but it's really good advice for anyone who works at creating or making. In a nutshell, it says if you start making estimates about when something will be ready, that becomes a deadline in your mind. And deadlines are made to be missed, which makes you feel guilty, and bad. And then you procrastinate because thinking about the deadline makes you feel even more bad, and so on, and so on.

Anyway, within about an hour of when my "Summer Break" post went live, I got a text message from my wife. It said simply, "are u around?" ​On its own, this doesn't seem particularly ominous, but in our world, we generally only interact while at work if something important comes up. And it did. To make a very long story much, much shorter:

My wife received a big promotion at her job. A promotion that had been a major career goal for her since long before we met. One that I fully supported for her. And also one that meant a move from Michigan to Connecticut.

So, all of that time and focus I was planning to devote to working on the SPM over the summer? The vast majority of it went toward moving. It turns out moving is stressful, exhausting, and in a lot of ways all-consuming.

We're getting nicely settled into our new lives in the "Nutmeg State" now, and I'm happy to report that I've once again been getting my focus and time aimed at the Structured Practice Method. Much remains to be done, but I'm making really satisfying progress on a daily basis now.​

I expect to stick with my intermittent posting schedule here on the SPM Blog while I continue to work behind the scenes. More news to come as I have it!​

Mark Flegg

Dr. Mark Flegg is the creator of Dr. Flegg's Structured Practice Method. He holds degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music, Arizona State University, and Michigan State University. An active free-lance performer and educator, he is the Principal Trumpet with the Flint and Saginaw Symphonies, and is on the faculty at Saginaw Valley State University and Wayne State University.

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