Last week I talked about self-discipline, and the feedback has been great so far. I must admit, that, while writing about all these solutions, I noticed I could improve myself, too.
Self-improvement and personal growth is a never-ending story. But it can be a good one. And you are the storyteller, main character, and villain—all in one person. Now it’s up to you to tell the right story.
“But, I don’t have the time to free my time or implement the things you mentioned,” you may say. Well, there’s always a solution.
(Okay, maybe not always, but most of the time.)
So, if you don’t have the time to get your sh-t done, there’s one simple solution: Take the time.
Well, to get there, we might wanna take a step back and look for things that you can sacrifice in order to have more time for your music career.
I have found a powerful exercise for myself that’s been a great way to see where my time goes. I do this every other month just do see where I spend time on things I actually don’t want to do—but still, do for some reason.
Here’s how this method works:
Create a spreadsheet or take a notebook to track all of your activities every 30 minutes for the next week. (Here’s mine, create a copy if you want.) Set an alarm that reminds you to update the sheet every 30 minutes. After 7 days, you sit down and categorize all activities into different buckets. My buckets consist of my goals, very important and urgent things (e.g. driving to the garage because your car needs a repair), and other things.
If you discover an activity that’s not related to your goals, eliminate it. Right now. I don’t care how important you feel is this for you. If you want to achieve something, you have to sacrifice things. If you don’t want to dump something unimportant, keep in mind that it may cost you everything.
It’s okay if you’re scared. It’s okay if you’re uncertain. It’s okay if others mock you because of your decision. As long as you have your goals in mind, and know what it takes to get there, you’re winning in this battle.
So don’t even dare to say “But I can’t”. That’s bullshit—and you know it.
(Be honest to yourself)
Of course, you shouldn’t get rid of your wife, kids, or health. These things are crucial for you. But you should still check if you waste time here, too. For example, setting strict boundaries so they don’t disturb you when you work on your music career.
This week, I want you to grab a piece of paper, and monitor all of your activities. And let me know what you get rid of at the end of next week!