Life as a musician can feel like you’re working at least 3 different jobs. Maybe you actually ARE working 3 different jobs. Chances are you’re quite busy, and you often find yourself overwhelmed with a shitload of stuff you need to be tackling. This is where the “10-minute-rule to get more stuff done” comes in handy. The rule is quite straight-forward – first, you set your timer, and then, you simply spend exactly 10 minutes on each task ahead. When the timer goes off you can stop and switch to the next job, or you can take a little break.
This simple trick helps you get more done in a few different ways. The first is obvious – you spend less time on each task, leaving more time for other stuff you’d rather be doing. There’s quite a bit more to this technique though – it’s also really good for getting yourself over procrastination and into motivation (I know this sounds cheesy – but it’s really true!).
Since you know it will only take 10 minutes, it’s a lot easier to discipline yourself to do even the unpleasant stuff. In just this short time-span, you can actually get many tasks on your list done – such as updating your social media profiles, researching 3 new live venues, calling enough promoters to actually reach someone – or even mundane stuff like your laundry, vacuuming your flat, or taking out all those empty bottles (yes I know, it’s your friends who drank all that beer and vodka!). And don’t worry, even if it’s a bigger project, you can just break it down.
Of course there are a variety of times that you can set for yourself – 7 minutes, 8 minutes – you name it. And if for some reason you feel like setting your timer to exactly 8 minutes 52 seconds, by all means, go ahead! 10, however, is what I like to use.
Alrighty, that’s it! Now, why don’t you use your first 10 minutes to go find your timer?! Then let me know how that goes for you in the comments below.
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