In my last post, I talked about a tip I read about- to spend 15 minutes a day working on music. I’ve been doing that for the last couple of weeks, and let me tell you, it’s fantastic! I’ve made terrific progress on a new track. Without this tip, it would probably still be sitting there, with the few initial ideas laying fallow. Waiting to be rounded out.
I’ve had a couple of other tracks that are in various stages of mixing, and I really need to get them done. So every “music” day I’ve been mixing, not writing. But since I started the 15/minutes a day, I’ve been sure to write every day (at least 5 days a week) as well. Before I start the mixing or whatever, I just clock 15 minutes and work on my unfinished track. So that’s been allowing me to be creative every day. Which makes me very happy. 🙂 Not that mixing isn’t also its own type of creativity. It’s just different.
What I’ve been amazed with, is how much I can accomplish in that short period of time. Some days I’ve had a definite plan of what I wanted to work on. Like I needed verse and pre-chorus melodies for this track. So a couple of days I focused on that. Then, I wasn’t crazy about my original bass line, so I spent a few sessions on that. But I’ve found because of the time constraints it forces me to focus. Instead of spending a chunk of a couple hours and maybe only getting a couple things done in the process because I think, “I have so much time!” I’m now spending a shorter time, and getting much more done.
The other thing I’ve noticed is that it’s fabulous for breaking the ice with the writing. If my internal 5 year old starts whining about buckling down, I remind her that it’s only 15 minutes!! And every single session I end up wanting to continue. A few times I have , but most days I try to honor my promise to myself for 15 minutes. Because I don’t want my brain refusing to work the next day because it says, ‘you went 3 hours yesterday and today, I don’t have time/ I don’t feel like it/ I’m not in the mood (insert complaint here) so I don’t want to do it!‘
Anyhow, if you haven’t tried this method, I highly recommend it! See how productive you can be. Let me know how it works for you!