Fenton & White Discover Big Things Can Be Achieved By Thinking Small

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SOMETIMES THINGS SEEM TOO BIG TO HANDLE

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Have you ever looked at something coming up and felt completely overwhelmed?  A lot of the work that Pete and I have been doing over the summer has left us feeling like the tasks ahead were insurmountable.  We had several larger-than-life tasks and deadlines to achieve, and it just seemed like the challenges that lay ahead were as over-sized as the world’s largest rubber duckie which was moored in Toronto for Canada Day.

*Pete Takes A Bite Out Of The Big Apple

THE KEY TO OVERCOMING BIG TASKS IS TO DO IT IN SMALL BITES

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So what do you do when you want to achieve big things?  The key is to think small! Break that big task into a whole bunch of smaller bites, but that isn’t the only thing that is going to get the task done.

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SCHEDULING AND ADVANCE PLANNING IS REALLY HELPFUL

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The biggest projects are often achieved by ensuring that at least one step per day is taken to move the project forward.  Setting short term goals, putting them into a schedule and sticking to them helped us to make BIG progress.  As each week passed, we were able to look back at all we had achieved, and the task in front of us seemed slightly smaller.

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PETE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MIGRATION OF THE DATA BASE FOR HIS COLLECTIONS TO A NEW SYSTEM

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Pete has spent the last two months trying to transition all of the records of invertebrate fossils in his collection area (which amounts to tens of thousands of records) into a cohesive new system that will integrate with a new data base.  The sheer volume of specimens makes the work seem overwhelming, but day by day he has been making huge progress, and as the work has gone along, it has gotten a little less daunting.

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SCOTT HAD A GIANT TASK AHEAD … FULL ORCHESTRATIONS FOR THE GIANT’S GARDEN

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While Pete was working on data systems, Scott was upgrading the present score for The Giant’s Garden to a score for 5 instruments for an upcoming production.   Eventually it meant creating a broad score of 380 pages of music, and then splitting that score into individual part books for the instruments that ranged from 50 to 110 pages.  All told, over 750 pages of music were created for the upcoming production.   For information on this production, click here. 

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The good news is that in both cases, with careful scheduling, daily perseverance and hard work … both of these tasks have hit their present targets and are on schedule.  But the work isn’t done yet!

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BIG BANDS KEEP THE CROWDS DANCING AT SUNDAY SERENADES

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Around scoring work, a little bit of Standardized Patient work and some filming for Ryerson, Scott has been able to schedule some time for his other projects, including hosting the Sunday Serenades series each Sunday night.  These free concerts draw hundreds of people out and give them a chance to dance to 15 piece big bands.  It’s a blast!  The concerts run in Toronto until mid August.  For more information click here

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WRITING AN ORIGINAL SONG PER WEEK FOR THEATRE DIRECT ALSO KEEPS SCOTT BUSY

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Scott also manages to sneak in one session a week as a guest artist with Theatre Direct, writing an original song inspired by the creative work the children in the weekly camps are devising.  3 songs down, and 2 more to go over the upcoming weeks!  See … I’m already 60% of the way there!

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THE TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL IS COMING UP QUICKLY

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Once Sunday Serenades and the Theatre Direct work are past, Scott will dive back into work with the Toronto International Film Festival.  This will fill up the end of August and the first few weeks of September.

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A LITTLE AWAY TIME DOWN THE PATH IS A GREAT MOTIVATOR

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So as busy as the summer has been, and as busy as the upcoming weeks are going to be, we are also balancing it off with some plans for some downtime.  We are planning a cottage get-away with friends in the latter part of August just before Film Fest hits and during the last half of September we will be making a get-away for a vacation to a yet undisclosed location … but we think we know where we are headed.  So if life seems busy and overwhelming … break it down into small manageable pieces, schedule at least one step a day to move you forward, and give yourself a reward to look forward to when you make progress.  If you think small, you’d be amazed how much you can accomplish.

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We hope you are having a terrific summer whatever you may be doing.  Until next time …

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Warmest Regards,

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FENTON & WHITE

 

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