Do you keep your mind awake at home?

April 10, 2020

How do you hang tough while staying at home?

I’ve heard from people having a lot of problems staying focused, productive, and efficient. And I can confirm that for myself. What a weird time it is. And even though the whole world seems to slow down, it isn’t really.

If you let go of your goals and dreams for this year, the next years or even your life, you will never get there. No matter if there’s a pandemic or not.

So, we need to move on. Push through this funky silence.

But how…?

When everyone around us is watching Netflix, doing seemingly nothing…

Well, I narrowed it down to three important pillars.

Maybe this helps you.

(Or others, if you’d like to share it.)

You wanna grow your music career, don’t you?

And even though everyone is telling you that NOW is the time to learn new stuff, there’s a problem. You actually have to practice and apply the stuff you’ve learned.

So don’t lean back, watching endless Youtube videos, reading some Friday’s emails or going through online courses.

Learn, practice, apply, repeat.

Back to my three pillars. This is what I found extremely useful to focus on my career:

First, develop routines against laziness or boredom at home / in quarantine. I continue with my usual workflow, I dress properly, and do other stuff that seems “normal” to prevent getting into a downward spiral.

Second, (if ever) only read the most important daily news as a summary at the end of the day. To focus on my career and my family, I stopped reading the daily news in 2018. All I need to know will reach me somehow. And I’m not talking about industry-specific news here. But especially in times like this, it’s extremely useful to filter the daily dosage of news. I don’t want to listen to this one topic all day long (while getting funky thoughts about the end of the world, or falling into a deep depression).

Third, create systems to push and maximize your creativity. Whenever I feel down or unmotivated, I’ve developed triggers to bring me back on track. Be it a phrase I keep telling to myself, a journal I’m tracking things with, or some actions I do BEFORE I begin telling myself to do stupid things.

I hope this helps you, and if it does – or if you know of another independent artist who could get inspired by this – feel free to share it. I’d love to see as many people as possible more productive, motivated and efficient than ever before.

We are creatives. Let’s use our creativity to guide other people during this dark period.

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