Updated: Dec 16, 2020
Almost every artist suffers from these problems: Procrastination, Lack of Creativity and Lack of Motivation! We all have potential but we are never up to the mark! But, I have some productivity tips for you! Use these tips and produce more music!
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1. Dedicate Time to make Music Every Day
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This is the most important thing that you should do. Set a specific time everyday for making music. If you're serious about your music career, you should dedicate at least 3 hours per day making or practicing music. Even if you're not feeling creative, you must start. You should not wait for creativity to strike! As you start, creativity will follow you!
The question arises: HOW CAN I DEDICATE MORE TIME? The best thing you can do is cut time on Social Media and remove unnecessary work from your schedule. An average student can easily spend about 6-8 hours of day making music if they cut social media. And, if you're doing part-time or a full-time job, you can get around 1-2 hours per day easily.
2. Take Breaks
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Yup! Go and take a break! You may feel, "I should make more music" or "Break means Procrastination". No, that's not true. Your brain needs small breaks to function properly. Researchs shows that brain functions far better after taking a break. Here's a tip: Set a timer for 25 minutes and start working. After the timer goes off, take a 5 minute break. And try to move a little bit like, go for a walk or just go to your kitchen and drink some water. This will reduce stress and give sufficient break to your brain.
3. Dedicate Time to Learn
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If you want to become better than average, you have to learn dedicate your time to learn more about music. Yes! It may seem a simple thing, however, most musicians stop learning more about music after some time. We feel that we know everything. But, the world of music is huge. Dedicate at least one hour everyday learning about music. You can start with learning a new instrument, learn music theory or learn about music production. But, never stop learning! As you learn more, your motivation rises!
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Yes, if you want to be productive, you should schedule almost everything you're going to do. From making music to taking breaks, from college lectures to working on a job - you should schedule everything. Calendar and clock should be your best friend! Here are some few tips which will help you to become better at Scheduling Stuff:
Use Calendar to schedule your days and weeks
Use to-do apps to set goals and reminders
Use Scheduling websites for your social media (Tip: Use Facebook Creator Studio to schedule posts for Instagram and Facebook and use TweetDeck for Twitter)
5. Dopamine Detox
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Yup! You have to take a detox vacation atleast once in a week. It's a lot different from taking a one hour break. Dopamine detox means a day off from all your work. Turn off your phone/social media, don't work at all and avoid screens. All you have to do is wake up, eat, relax and sleep. This increases motivation level a lot the next day and relaxes your brain! You may be a lot more productive if you do dopamine detox at least once in every two weeks. I suggest an average artist to take at least one day off every week.
If you do all these things, your productivity level will increase dramatically. All the best for your productive music career!