If you are reading these words right now than I am going to make a prediction that you are a music creator. Maybe you are a songwriter, engineer, singer, producer or all 3.
And I am going to assume that you want to make the best music possible – who doesn’t?
But I’m going to another prediction: you never seem to have enough time to work on your music that you’d like. You lead an extremely busy life but just wish you had more time to create the best music you can.
But what if I were to tell you that there is just one small reason why your not getting things done like you would like them to be done? It has nothing to do with the fact that you are so busy. It has more to do with me and articles like this.
Sometimes Less is More
The only thing that is finite is our time. You can slice it however you want, but until you do these simple little audio hacks, you will never have enough time to spend on your passion.
What’s my prescription? Stop watching tutorials.
That’s right, someone who writes a blog on audio education is telling you to cut it out.
One of my favorite books is The 4 Hour Work Week, by Tim Ferriss and he has a very simple chapter in that book which is called “The Low-Information Diet.” In this chapter, he explains his concepts very thoroughly. If you have the time to pick up the book than I would suggest doing so. I am grateful to all the knowledge that I have learned from it.
In this great chapter, Tim quotes Nobel Prize winner Herbert Simon to demonstrate his point which is not always a clear thought.
What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence, a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention and need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it.
Did you understand that?
Having all of this information at our disposal (blogs, YouTube, books, etc.) as amazing and useful as they are, they only result in a dwindling of our attention which we would rather spend on something else.
Think of it like attention being money and information being the good. Once you spend your money on a good, you have less of it to spend. So once you’ve spent your attention on the information you have less of it to spend else where.
More information on the Attention Economy Here:
Make Better Music
Ultimately the goal is to make more music in your home studio. It doesn’t just stop at making more music; you obviously want to make better music as well. That’s what I want to try and help you with.
So how can you use these concepts and then apply them to your music making endeavors?
For starters, try cutting out what you don’t need.
Try and get rid of as many of the information sources as you can. Cut out those blogs, magazines and stop blindly surfing YouTube looking at tutorials.
All the time that you cut from looking at the information, you can spend on doing what you truly want to be doing like recording, singing, mixing etc.
Take The Challenge
Over the next few days, I want you to keep a record of something. Everytime you sit down to consume some information; I want you to write down on a piece of paper “20 minutes.”
And every time you write down a new “20 minutes,” add it to the previous entry so that you get a cumulative time. So if you sit down each day to find yourself watching a video or reading a blog, you would be effectively writing down 40 minutes for each day.
So why 20 minutes?
It’s a random sum of time that you don’t understand that you are losing when you sit down to read or watch something. Its pretty common. But common sense tells use that if someone sat down a couple of times a day, they could easily spend 40 minutes looking at information.
That’s easily an extra 4.5 hours a week that you could be spending on making music.
So keep track of your information consumption over the next few days and see where it takes you. I can safely say that you will be surprised with the amount of time you are losing.
It will encourage you to go from lack of attention to abundance. This will let you spend time on the things you love.