Musicians lead busy lives. Between practicing, performing, recording, and whatever else consumes your daily life, it can be hard to balance time between music and the rest of the world.
Here’s how to manage your time as a musician.
1. Schedule everything.
There is nothing quite as stressful as flying by the seat of your pants when you’re working on a major project. To keep yourself on task, create a schedule. Set up definite times to practice and write, even if you’re just doing those things at home alone.
If you plan to work with other musicians or producers, schedule a definite meeting time as soon as possible. Don’t expect them to be free whenever you’re ready. Rather, in order to create a musical masterpiece, you have to create a plan of action.
Watch this video to learn more about creating a schedule.
2. Write and practice whenever you have the most energy.
In order to get the most out of your practice time or writing session, you need to be wide awake. Therefore, you should schedule those times for whenever know you’ll have the most energy, whether it’s as soon as you wake up or following you afternoon Starbucks run.
This video will teach you how to get more energy and not feel tired.
3. Learn how to say no.
Being a musician requires creating balance in your life. In order to make the most of your career, you have to say no sometimes. Not every opportunity that presents itself to you is one that you should take.
Only accept the offers or gigs that align with what you want your music career to be.
Check out this video to learn how to say no without feeling guilty.
Managing your time will help make you a better musician. Follow these tips to keep yourself on track.
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Kristen Harris enjoys listening to a wide range of music, from Taylor Swift to, on occasion, Celtic instrumental. She also spends her time writing, reading, and baking.