Freebie: Habit Stacker for Piano Teachers


How are your habits coming along?

Did you intentionally establish any new ones with the help of the June Habit Planner? Break any old ones?

This month’s download is significantly different than the last and is called The Piano Teacher Habit STACKER—not PLANNER!

[By the way…both the June planner and the July stacker are great to use ANY month out of the year!]

The best way for you to understand the power of “habit stacking” is by reading this compelling post by James Clear:

Clear claims…

“One of the best ways to build a new habit is to identify a current habit you already do each day and then stack your new behavior on top. This is called habit stacking.”

Clear states that habit stacking is a formula which really sounds like a commitment: 

Before or after a current habit—I will begin a new habit. 

Clear explains…

“The reason habit stacking works so well is that your current habits are already built into your brain. You have patterns and behaviors that have been strengthened over years. By linking your new habits to a cycle that is already built into your brain, you make it more likely that you'll stick to the new behavior.”


Powerful book

when you’re looking to build habits


Here’s some of my personal examples of how I’m putting this formula into action:

Every Friday morning, I throw towels in the washing machine. We recently bought a Nespresso machine (YUM.MEE.) that needs to be cleaned once a week so now, after I start the washer, I head to the Nespresso machine and push the CLEAN button.

Also, I’m working to improve my speed at the piano and so a good friend of mine, Jamie Shaak, suggested a Czerny-Germer Book (found here.)

Every time I practice for Sunday services, I now play at least two exercises from the book and transpose them to the keys of my repertoire.

If your memory bank is wired like mine, this habit stacking process is ideal. Your best intentions for remembering may become a reality! In addition, this is the perfect route for building those new habits that you’ve been putting off because you did not have a strong system in place or didn’t know how to get one up and running.

In addition, if you’re interested in setting specific goals, first consider revisiting your present systems or routines…

“Goals can provide direction and even push you forward in the short-term, but eventually a well-designed system will always win. Having a system is what matters. Committing to the process is what makes the difference.”

This month’s download includes unique problems, events or tasks you may encounter in your life and then offers ideas on how to react to them. Essentially, it encourages you to pair a habit to particular areas of your teaching and business life. 

Just in case you missed the June Habit Planner, I’ve included it with the July Habit Stacker. Get them both and start using them now or any time of year.

As you employ habit stacking in your daily routine, consider reading or watching or listening to the resources and books included in the download.. Some will inspire, encourage, empower and one blog post will make you laugh and be thankful for good friends! A shout out to good friend and colleague Samantha Coates for this one! 

And…one more thing…I’m starting a monthly theme at my Facebook page called Piano Pedagogy On and Off the Bench. Each month I’m inviting members to share their habits, their attempt to build new habits and much more. Make sure to join in on the conversation!

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