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Overcoming Procrastination is difficult!
This topic has popped up in many sites and blogs that I follow, whether it be about recording and mixing, maintaining a website, or business blogs.
All the successful people I follow have the same thing in common. THEY DON’T PROCRASTINATE.
Well, at least they try their hardest and make a commitment to not procrastinate,
“Procrastination is the death of productivity”<<< CLICK TO TWEET!!!
I’m guilty of it my self. I’m not pointing any fingers.
I heard a quote today from a guy who runs a blog I follow about blogs.
“Your life will be better if you take action on the things you avoid”
This is so true, and it integrates into so many aspects of out lives.
Like right now, my tags on my truck are expired and I’ve known it for a month. I keep putting it off till the next day, or the next weekend when I have time.
Now every time I’m driving I’m paranoid that I’ll get pulled over and be given a ticket that I could of avoided so easily if I just would of gotten new tags!
I’m doing it tomorrow!! I have to! I cant take this fear anymore. haha!
Speaking of fear, I believe, fear, is the main reason we procrastinate in our home studios. Not always, but the majority of the time.
Fear of finishing a mix because you think you can do better, and if you share it with the world right now, you will be judged on your imperfections and lack of skills.
Fear of being judged. I get it. It’s a scary thing to create something from your heart, release it, and then have people judge it.
Fear that it if you don’t make recordings and mixes out of the gate that sound like the pros, that you will never be successful, never gain fans, never gain paid clients, never reach your goals.
That couldn’t be further from the truth. WE have to get over these fears and self doubt to get better.
We have to finish writing that song, finish recording a song, or finish that mix that we keep going back to and tweaking over and over and over again, for us to move forward and get better.
The only way to get better is to FINISH a project and move on to the next one, taking what you’ve learned from the last one, both failures and successes.
I know for a fact, that every time I finish a mix I learn something new, or figure out a way to do something I hadn’t thought of, or my ears just get better at recognizing problems.
I know that the more songs I write, the better my songs get. That’s the main ingredient to killer recordings and mixes anyway. If the song sucks, who cares about the recording and mix right?
A good well written, and well arranged song will shine through even if your recording and mixing skills are not where you want them to be yet.
I mean, just listen to some old songs from the 60s and 70s. I heard “My girl” by the Temptations the other day on a Facebook post someone shared.
What I noticed right away is that I could tell it was an older recording.
It wasn’t the most clear and perfectly edited mix I’d ever heard, but the melody, the bass line, the guitar line, and those vocals made me lose myself in the song and just enjoy it.
The average listener isn’t going to analyze your EQ and Compression moves, and say “That could of been better”. They are either going to like the song or hate it.
It’s our job to just make it easy to listen to, and take the listener on a journey with melody, lyrics, and instrumentation.
Who cares if you’re not the best recording and mixing engineer. I’ll be the first to admit I’m not the best, but I can deliver a great song, a great recording and mix, and have my fans enjoy it.
I have the proof. I’m not trying to be cocky, just saying you don’t have to be the best to get good results.
You just have to be productive and not put off that recording or mixing project. Maybe you have to schedule time for songwriting either by yourself or with a partner.
The Key is accountability.
We need to be held accountable or we will just kick the can down the line and never actually do anything.
You need to say it out loud, You need to tell someone you are going to do it. This is the first step of overcoming procrastination.
You can do this by scheduling a songwriting session with someone.
Posting on Facebook or Instagram that you will release an EP on a certain date.
This may be out of your comfort zone, but this will force you to take action and not procrastinate.
Just make it known to your world or inner circle what you plan to accomplish.
I remember in June or July of 2015, I wanted to launch The Recording Solution website by Jan 1st 2016.
My wife was pregnant with my now 1 year old son, and I told here and some close friends and family that I would have my site up by then. I knew that when my son was born in November, that the rest of the year would be hectic and busy with all that comes with having a little human in the house.
So I really had about 3 months to get all my ducks in a row when it comes to starting a website. I reached that goal and I did launch on Jan 1st 2016. I had told many people, and actually put it on Facebook at one time.
I didn’t want to fall short and look like I couldn’t deliver. I was being held accountable. Mostly by my self, I mean, no one would be majorly disappointed if I didn’t reach that goal, but I would have been in myself.
I’ve met some really cool people in just a little under 1 year from all over the world. I see the power in music and get much joy out of helping people with what I have learned over the years.
I’m getting better and better as a recording and mixing engineer just because I’m teaching this stuff.
Having to make sure I explain my processes clearly has made me hyper focus on the different aspects of this art, and made me dive deeper into topics.
I want to throw a Challenge out to you.
If you have something you have been wanting to finish, whether it be to finish writing that song, finish recording an EP, finish mixing a project, starting your home studio, WHATEVER.
I want you to tell someone what it is, and when you plan on finishing it. And don’t cheat! It can’t be 5 years down the line. When we set goals that are so far away, we will procrastinate.
Maybe a couple of weeks, or months out is fair. Just tell someone, or blast it on your social media, and then get to work to finish that goal.
You’ll be surprised what doors may open, and how proud and productive you will feel when you reach what you said you were going to do .
If you just want to tell me, that’s fine! I’d love for all of you to write me back anyway, and let me know if there is something you are going to work on. I’d love to hear what it is!!
Or just write it below in the comments. Just do it!
Overcoming procrastination is difficult, but with a little mindset change, and some action, it can feel less intimidating over time.
See you on the other side!
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