• Phil McDonald

The getting stuff done challenge.

A while back I talked about the importance of a "Don't do" list. This is something I recommend everyone does, a list of things you don't do which will save you both time and energy and make life generally easier for you. For example, I don't work on a Sunday, keeping that day free for family time. I also don't do projects that are out of the scope of my studio, such as recording loud metal bands.

Leading on from this productivity hack, I wanted you to try the getting stuff done challenge. If you're anything like me you have a list as long as your arm of things you need to do. Not just music stuff either. You might have some errands to run, an appointment with the dentist, a parent/teacher evening etc. The list goes on. So finding time to write, record, and practice can sometimes be difficult. There just don't seem to be enough hours in the day. This is where the challenge comes in. It's very simple and you'll probably be surprised at the results.

Make a list of things you do in a normal day that could be considered a waste of time, or perhaps, time better spent. I'm talking about scrolling through Facebook, catching up with Twitter or other social media platforms. Perhaps playing some video games or watching something rubbish on TV that you wonder why you're watching it. Or simply messing about avoiding doing anything constructive. Now add up the time in a day you spend doing these things. Maybe you come up with a figure of around 2 hours? Now times that by 7 for the week. And the month? You see where this is going...

You can free up an awful lot of time by simply working out where you waste time. We often don't know we're doing it. Like reaching for your phone to check Facebook for the 12th time this morning. Of course, there's nothing wrong with doing this kind of thing but it's interesting to see where your time goes on non-essential things especially if you struggle to get things done. I know I do. By making a commitment to spend less time on these things you can free up time and suddenly tasks like following up on possible gigs or recording demo's for a new EP get done a lot quicker. Give it a go. I think you'll be surprised at the results.

Do you struggle with time? Where do you think you could make a time-saving?

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