Hello all! As mentioned in my last post, I’ve got a lot on my plate at the moment. As it’s been a whole month since that post I thought I better get on and write another update. I’ve decided to keep the blogs to stuff about myself and my own musical journey, whilst publishing the studio and production guide type stuff separately as articles. So here is the latest on what I’m up to…
Having a baby boy who is just over six weeks old at the time of writing it has become very important to manage my time wisely if I’m to get anything done at all. I work a nine-to-five during the week and need to sleep occasionally so, when I block all that out in a schedule, I only have 2-3 hours a day maximum to fit everything else into.
That’s not much. And in reality it’s a lot less because I do still want to spend time with my family and relax a bit now and then. So there are two things that need to be done to make sure I’m making progress. Firstly, decide exactly what it is I want to achieve, and secondly, break that all down into chunks and schedule them in to those rare free hours.
And this is what I’ve been doing. With the help of this great list keeping and scheduling app, I’ve been able to keep productive, so far.
What do I Want to Achieve?
I have a number of things I’d like to get done but I’ll stick to the four main music related ones for the purpose of this article.
- Release a ten track Humjunkie album by October 2016.
- Write an album worth of songs for Frank Insomnia to start recording as soon as possible.
- Write a series of home studio gear articles for the DIY Music website.
- Record regular audio plugin demos for the DIY Music YouTube channel.
How am I Going to Manage All That?!
With difficulty, to be honest! But I’ll give it a damned good try.
I really have found that WunderList app to be very useful for this. It simply allows you to create lists of tasks within folders (such as DIY Music/Humjunkie/Work etc…) which can be split into further sub-tasks. Each sub-task and main task can be ticked off as it’s completed. You can also set deadlines and alarms which can be recurring, which is great for things I want to do regularly, such as record the plugin demos.
I have it on my HTC phone as well as my home and work computers so I can access it at any time to add items or tick them off when completed. It really has helped my productivity a huge amount, so I can’t recommend it enough. And they’re not even paying me to say that.
Wish me Luck…
So that’s where I’m at. Lots to do and not a lot of time to do it, but I’m finding that I’m possibly even more productive now that the pressure is on! I’m already half-way through the Humjunkie album, have made a start writing for the Frank Insomnia album and I’m gradually getting the research done necessary to write some genuinely useful DIY Music articles to help you lot out, rather than just telling you about my own music all the time! 😀
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