Real Life to Online Time Conversion

Overnight my life as a student went from traveling to different studios studying voice, piano and improv theatre to five footsteps, in my pyjamas, to our studio [ok, second bedroom] at home. 

With voice and piano lessons (one-to-one), not much has changed for me or my teachers. Engagement and productivity is still quite high. An individual lesson – 1 hour In Person = 1 hour Online.

With my group improv theatre lessons, the same time translation ‘2.5hrs in person = 2.5hrs online…’ But after about 90 minutes together, I just wanna push ‘Leave Meeting’. And I LOVE my improv group…

My sense? There is something wrong with this ‘direct translation’ of time.

Annemarie Homan, creator of The Single Singers, has loads of experience with studying, working and training online and “in person”. She was the first person to put some sense to my hunch [thanks Annemarie!]:

“Working online costs a lot more energy and focus than real life situations, for teachers AND students.”

She continued saying that her mentor and professor, Daus Hjernøe, creator of The Intelligent Choir at theRoyal Academy of Music in Denmark, recommends this formula: 

“50 minutes Real Life = 30 minutes OnLine”

Hang on, does this mean I should only be online for 30 minutes at a time? Great question, so let’s unpack that briefly: 

Breaking up online time can be done by asking everyone to stand up, shake their hands, remind people to breathe, drop tensed up shoulders and take a sip of water. Play with how you create a ‘pause and reset’ before continuing trainings, lessons or meetings. 

Consider this before you get online:

“50 minutes Real Life = 30 minutes OnLine”

What changes you can make, especially for you?

Two inspiring people to check out, click links: Jim Daus Hjernøe on YouTube Annemarie Homan –

Published by sixgoodwords

I'm an Australian in Italy. I'm married to my gorgeous Roberto and together we travel, taste and experience as much as we can in as many places as we can visit. I love working with words and voice in most forms, especially OUT LOUD!

3 thoughts on “Real Life to Online Time Conversion

  1. I never imagined that we could connect between the real-life and online time conversion. I’m really thankful to you for enlightening me regarding it.
    I also loved how well you are able to express your opinions- so clear and effective.
    I wouldn’t wanna miss your future articles so I have decided to follow your blog. 🙂


      1. You’re welcome! I cannot wait to read your future contents and hope you can find the missing pieces of the puzzle! 🙂
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