How am I going to get all of this done?
I ask myself these questions constantly.
I want to release another album, record another five albums, co-write, write a music training course, organise a songwriting cruise, write some more songs, spend more time in the studio and most importantly spend time with my family.
How the heck do you get a work life balance when you play music?
Or infact, how does anyone get a work life balance? How do you get everything done, spend time with the people you love and not drive yourself crazy?
I actually don’t have the solution, at least not 100%.
But I have discovered a few really important things that just might help.
“Stop wasting time”
I guarantee that there are things in your day that are unnecessary. Let me start by suggesting that social media is actually a little un-sociable and really just takes up a lot of your time. If you are communicating with people then that is great. But if you are just browsing through a news feed, then you may be wasting some valuable time.
Don’t get me wrong, social media is great at what it does and is now part of society. But you may find that filtering what you do and how you use social media, could add hours of productive time to your week or even your day.
TV is actually a bigger time waster than the internet, statistically. Although the internet will probably soon overtake TV.
“Don’t try to make everything perfect”.
No matter what you do, it will never be exactly perfect unless of course you are a surgeon then you better get it 100% right.
We often try too hard to make things happen or we don’t finish anything because it’s just not 100% right.
Do the absolute best you can but don’t beat yourself up because it isn’t perfect.
What happens is that you can complete something usually in a very short amount of time to say 80% complete. To finish the last 20% can take four times as long as it took you to complete the first 80%. If that makes sense then well done
“Don’t assume things will take a certain amount of time”.
What do I mean by this? Lets say you decide that it will take you three months to complete something. Now that you have decided it will take three months, you will take three months to do it. Why not just decide to complete it in one month and then you have two more months to get things done.
The fact is, if you really put your mind to it, most things can be completed in a much quicker time that we often allow ourselves to do it.
Love that logic.
“Do it now. Why? Because you can.”
This used to be one of my worst habit. Something needs to be done and instead of just doing it now, I put it off and it piles up with the rest of the things I should be doing. Then instead of having one thing to do, I now have this thing to do plus the other 10 things I didn’t do straight away. And the only solution is to sit down and watch TV while I scroll through my news feed.
What does this have to do with music?
You see, the biggest excuse we have is “If only”.
If only I had more time, if only I could make it better, if only things were different, if only the stars aligned then I would be successful.
Achieving in anything, including music, is more about doing less of the things that distract you from being productive and doing more of the things that help you become more productive.
Like for example, right now I am up at midnight, when I should really be getting some sleep which will help me be more focused tomorrow…. So… I will finish this in the morning…