A buddy of mine recently asked me what are in my experience some of the benefits of not checking my phone past a certain time at night. I had told him I limit my phone use after 6pm. I have a lot to say on the topic of limiting phone use. So here goes:
First thing, my life has changed drastically for the better since I’ve started being very serious about limiting my phone use.
One of the biggest moves I’ve made is that I DO NOT bring my phone into my bedroom.
Pretty much ever. Unless I’m listening to a podcast and just grabbing something real quick. Since I got my phone out of my room I have been sleeping better than I have at any other point in my life.
Hypothetical scenario 1:
Person logs onto Instagram.
Person scrolls through stories.
Person sees dozens of songs that people have shared.
Person can’t possibly stop and listen to all of them and ends up listening to none of them.
Hypothetical scenario 2:
Person hears song they freakin LOVE.
Person finds the song on Spotify and clicks the share to Instagram button.
Person goes about their day.
Song goes to die in an endless sea of other like shared songs.
I do want to acknowledge that everyone’s social feeds are different and not everyone follows hundreds of artists who are constantly releasing music. But I do. I know my friends do. Lots of artists do. So I’m talking to the artists in the room.
Let’s all take a moment to consider how we can better share the music we love.
This will help you decide what to do next…
Some people are doers & starters. Some people are doers & finishers.
Some people are both and some people are great at all the stuff in-between starting and finishing a project. Some people struggle to start or finish or do anything.
Regardless of what we are trying to build, create, write, or dream up everyone struggles to some degree with deciding what to do next. What do I do next?
Often there are thousands of seemingly important things to do or decisions to make. So many priorities to take care of…
HOLD UP! STOP!
You were just going to go with me on that weren’t you? “So many priorities…”
No there actually aren’t sooooo many priorities. Here’s what I mean:
The way Spotify pays you is kind of dumb. I mean strange. I mean maybe the best way? Ahhh nah who am I kidding it’s probably not. It’s dumb…
Back in the glory days (before I was releasing music) artists could sell a CD for oh let’s say $10-$15 a pop. When I say “glory days” I mean “glory days?”. Things were simpler then. This example demonstrates a pretty clear transaction: Artist make music. Artist make CD of music. Fan of music by CD. Artist get money from fan. *Please read in caveman voice*
Those days for many artists are gone and things are a little stranger now. When I say gone this is what I mean:
All the steps. Here’s the process:
Overachievers read on. Underachievers go back to your Instagram feed.
Do you want to make art or do you want to be a famous lifestyle brand?
Are the two mutually exclusive?
This is a question I have been considering within a larger conversation about collaboration. There is no right or wrong here, but I do think the distinction is important. I also think if you are an artist it would be worth considering your answer to this question.
If I sold tables…
If I sold tables I would likely spend my time huffing saw dust, painstakingly measuring cuts, remarking on how you can never have too many wood clamps, etc…
If I sold tables I would invest in tools of the trade that make it easier and faster to do my job. These tools might include: a miter saw, circular saw, wood clamps, more wood clamps, MORE WOOD CLAMPS, a planer, a jointer, more wood clamps, etc…
If you’re like me you might suck at celebrating. Why is it so hard to sometimes jump up and down in excitement? To shout out a whoop of joy? To dance a jig on the table in celebration?
This idea keeps bouncing around in my head. I can’t drop it. I think maybe we all suck at celebrating. You may be the exception, if so please help the rest of us out.
What are the things that get in the way?
YOUR IDEAL WORK WEEK
I sat with a friend at a coffee shop and we discussed his growing freelance business. He was frustrated. He works a 50 hour a week job to pay the bills, but wants more time to work on his own business. Out of curiosity I asked, “Once you’re full-time with your business what do you want your week to look like?”
“You wake up on Monday. Then what?”
A few months back I received an email from Spotify with a link to a survey. I participated in the survey. For the most part the survey consisted of questions about all the different types of music services I, as an artist, pay for. For example, professional photography, engineers, mixers, producers, etc… I thought it was interesting at the time that Spotify wanted this information.
Zach Hughes is the founder of Lost Harbor Music. Zach is an independent music producer & recording engineer based out of Nashville, TN.