5 tips to do more as a musician

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The most successful people don’t earn it.

They have a process, a system that helps them harness their creativity and be more productive.

So if you want to start doing more as a musician, here are some tips to help you …

Find your focus

Before you go on a road trip, you enter the destination in your maps app.

Likewise, you need to know which direction you are heading as a musician.

Derek Sivers, founder of CD Baby, calls this your “compass”.

“Most people don’t know why they are doing what they are doing,” he writes in his book All that you want. “They imitate others, go with the flow and follow paths without creating their own.”

Today’s music industry allows anyone to pursue music and pursue a niche that matches their personality.

So before you do anything else make sure you know which direction you are going and why.

For example, I’m an introverted singer-songwriter who enjoys recording music at home. So naturally, I avoid the stage and focus on license synchronization and music production.

What is the best music career for you based on your personality and the options available today?

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Use a calendar

Kevin Kruse has interviewed tons of successful people like billionaires, Olympians and entrepreneurs.

And he found out that none of them used a to-do list. They use their calendars.

A to-do list doesn’t account for time, a calendar does.

A to-do list doesn’t tell you if something is urgent, it does schedule a task earlier in your calendar.

Plus, a to-do list only adds to the stress of your day.

“In what in psychology is called the Zeigarnik effect, unfinished tasks contribute to intrusive and uncontrolled thoughts,” writes Kruse. “No wonder we feel so overwhelmed by day, but fight sleeplessness at night.”

Clear the to-do list and start scheduling music-related tasks in your calendar. In my own experience, you will do a lot more.

Pick one thing to do today

If you have already seen the movie What about Bob?, you know what I mean by “small steps”. In the movie, it’s funny. But there is an important lesson here for musicians.

Taking really small steps to your destination is manageable and helps you avoid being overwhelmed.

So instead of trying to record an entire song today, just record the guitar. So tomorrow, record the piano. Etc.

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Do just one thing today for your music career. So do one thing tomorrow.

You will progress by avoiding being overwhelmed.

Do a great job everyday and you can end up being great.

Start with just 2 minutes

Habits expert and bestselling author James Clear talks about the two-minute rule and how it can help you start a new habit.

And if you’re struggling to do more as a musician (or do anything), this method will help.

“When you start a new habit, it should take less than two minutes,” Clear writes in his book. Atomic habits. “… The idea is to make your habits as easy as possible to start. “

You can do anything for two minutes.

As a musician, here’s what you can do for two minutes to advance your career:

  • Practice your instrument
  • Put a music-related task on your calendar
  • Record part of your song
  • Watch two minutes of music mixing video

And as Clear points out, you can end up doing whatever task you’ve chosen for more than two minutes.

Most of the battle has only just begun.

Make your tasks obvious, attractive, easy and satisfying

According to Atomic habits, you can learn new habits and do more by completing a task …

  1. Obvious
  2. Attractive
  3. Easy
  4. Satisfactory
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So if you’re struggling to find the motivation to get things done, focus on these four ideas.

For example, let’s say you want to produce music more often. You can…

  • Place your computer mouse next to the TV remote to remind you to make music instead of taking out veg (make it obvious)
  • Drink your favorite drink or eat your favorite food while producing music (make it attractive)
  • Make music for only two minutes at a time (simple)
  • Keep track of the things you have accomplished for your music career (make it satisfying)

Instead of struggling to find motivation, change the way you approach things.

You will do more and gradually develop your musical career.

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