Hey Friends -
Welcome to the Artist Development Newsletter.
Every Sunday, I send an email providing actionable tips for artists and industry on one area of the music business.
Last week we talked about 1 simple trick for capturing better content.
You can re-read last week’s newsletter here if you want to refresh.
Today we will discuss the 5 time management strategies for artists to stay organized and focused.
Being an artist involves wearing lots of different hats.
Some days you are a songwriter; other days, you are a performer, designer, videographer, editor, social media manager, and the list goes on.
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed, and it’s hard to stay organized.
Below are 5 methods for organizing all your to-do’s as an artist to create momentum for your career.
See which one feels like it can be most helpful to you, and give it a try to jumpstart your week.
1. Eisenhower Matrix:
- Make a list of all the tasks you need to complete.
- Prioritize the tasks based on their urgency and importance.
- Divide the tasks into four categories: urgent and important, important but not urgent, urgent but not important, neither urgent nor important.
- Focus on completing the tasks in the urgent and important categories first.
- Delegate or eliminate the tasks that are neither urgent nor important categories.
2. Eat That Frog
- Identify the task that you’ve been procrastinating on the most.
- Break the task down into smaller, more manageable steps.
- Set a deadline for each step and commit to completing one step at a time.
- Focus on completing the most important and challenging task first thing in the morning.
- Celebrate your progress and accomplishments along the way.
3. Time Blocking:
- Set aside blocks of time for specific tasks or activities.
- Use a calendar or planner to schedule your time blocks.
- Prioritize the most important tasks and schedule them during your peak productivity hours.
- Avoid multitasking and distractions during your time blocks.
- Evaluate and adjust your time blocks based on your progress and results.
4. Rapid Planning Method:
- Define your objectives and outcomes for the day, week, month, and year.
- Break down your goals into specific and measurable results.
- Identify the actions and habits that will help you achieve your results.
- Schedule your actions and habits into your calendar or planner.
- Review and reflect on your progress regularly and make adjustments as needed.
5. The Flowtime Technique:
- Identify your most productive and creative times of the day.
- Schedule your most important and challenging tasks during your flow time.
- Eliminate or delegate tasks that can be done during non-flowtime hours.
- Minimize distractions and interruptions during your flowtime.
- Take breaks and recharge your energy levels during non-flowtime hours.
I hope this helps you to stay organized and focused as you navigate your career as an artist in the music business.
See you next Sunday!
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