#StrategySunday – January 17, 2021

#StrategySunday – January 17, 2021

Each week, on Sunday, I spend time planning for the week ahead.

As creatives and creators, we’ve always got a lot on the go, and as I continue to engage in these planning sessions, I’ve become even more present to the fact that it’s best to be on top of everything that’s coming up in your week.

Here’s what I went over this week and what came out of it.

Minutes

I call this “minutes,” but it’s just a list of items covered during the planning session. I care more about the fact that I have a solid big picture view of what’s coming this week rather than how much time was dedicated to each item.

Here’s what I went over today:

  • I reviewed the last two #StrategySunday sessions – January 3 and January 10.
  • I went over my content responsibilities for the week.
  • I reviewed my musical responsibilities for the week (I recorded a new song and have the opportunity to distribute it).
  • I went over the products that are nearing completion.
  • I listed and reviewed my admin duties for the week.
  • I speculated on self-care for the week.

Lessons

Was there anything interesting that came out of this week’s reflection and planning session?

  • For the most part, I find I am on track. Sleep has been gradually improving. I’ve been productive work wise. But I didn’t have as much energy this past week as I hoped I would. And that means that while I accomplished much, I didn’t quite fulfill on everything I’d planned. Although not a new lesson, what I can clearly see is there is work that energizes me and work that devitalizes me. That’s an area worthy of more speculation.
  • Most days, I was able to finish my work somewhere around 4 to 6 PM, even if I had a bit of a late start. Having a reason to finish early is generally motivating, and it prevents work from expanding to fill the entire day.

Ideas

Were there any ideas that came out of this week’s session?

  • Seeing as how I was able to write and record a song in about four hours on Saturday, it alerted me to the fact that I could be pumping out considerably more music.

Final Thoughts

So, that’s what came out of this week’s #StrategySunday.

If you need more inspiration, be sure to refer to the weekly digest.

Thanks for joining me. See you again tomorrow.

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Weekly Digest: January 16, 2021

Weekly Digest: January 16, 2021

Hey, creative and/or creator! How was your week?

Here’s what I got up to:

David Andrew Wiebe

I write to inspire creatives and creators just like you. And I’m always open to suggestions.

Here are the posts that went live this week:

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Music Entrepreneur HQ

I have been giving modern music makers the tools and mental models they need to create the life they love through music since 2009.

Here are the posts that went live this week:

>> Grab a free guide to grow your fan base and music career

The Indie YYC

I host a weekly series called Creative Entrepreneur where I share weekly podcast content.

Here’s what went live this week:

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Random Things I Dig

SparkToro is an incredibly useful digital marketing tool.

Final Thoughts

Thanks for your creativity and generosity. Keep it up!

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#StrategySunday – January 10, 2021

#StrategySunday – January 10, 2021

It’s time for another #StrategySunday session.

Each week, I spend time planning for my week on a Sunday. Right now, it’s a decision I don’t make. In the future, it could change, but it has been working for me for over a month at this point.

Here’s what my planning session looked like today (you’ll notice it looks a little different than last week’s, but I share more about that at the end).

Minutes

I call this “minutes,” but it’s just a list of items covered during the planning session. I care more about the fact that I have a solid big picture view of what’s coming this week rather than how much time I gave it.

Here’s what I went over today:

  • I reviewed last week’s #StrategySunday session.
  • I went over my to-do list and prioritized items I wish to complete this week.
  • I reviewed my blog post ideas and brainstormed a few more. I now have a parking lot of ideas and can pick and choose based on how the spirit moves (some ideas may never see the light of day).

Lessons

Was there anything interesting that came out of this week’s reflection and planning session?

  • I’ve discovered the value in morning thinking sessions, or a certain something Perry Marshall calls “Renaissance time.” The busier the day or week, the greater the value there is in making this a part of your routine.
  • Plans do fall apart. Whether it’s family or personal matters, things can change in a New York minute. But as I’ve said before, practicing flexibility rather than rigidity is wise.
  • I’m beginning to see more traction with talking to creatives and creators (more broadly) in a matter of a few weeks than I ever did focusing on the more defined niche of music entrepreneurship for seven years or more. Odd but encouraging.
  • The eight-hour workday is a myth. You can do maybe four to six hours of true productive work in a day. Just don’t tell your clients. They don’t like it when you don’t toil over things as they do. Your personal productivity should be kept private.

Ideas

Were there any ideas that came out of this week’s session?

  • Numerous blog post ideas were brainstormed, giving me more options for this week’s posts.
  • “You are now a curator of Music Entrepreneur HQ.” That’s what I heard from Spirit this past week. What this means or exactly what it looks like is still up for debate. I speculated on possibilities yesterday, but it could very well mean that my priorities could change significantly in 2021, especially based on the traction I’m now starting to see on Medium and Twitter.
  • I’ve been giving more thought to inventing terms, as Seth Godin suggests. I can see the value in this, especially as applied to blogging and SEO. I don’t have any concrete ideas yet, but I have brainstormed several blog post ideas that pertain to my philosophies, as well as my personal approach to work and life.

Final Thoughts

This week’s #StrategySunday was necessarily different.

First, it was more condensed than usual.

Second, I recognized that there were a couple of projects that have gone untouched for a while, so I wanted to look at how I could prioritize those this week.

Third, some personal family matters came up this past week, so that threw me off a bit. My sleep suffered too.

But the point of this isn’t to do it perfectly. It’s to do it. And tomorrow, I can further refine my plan for the week, as I’ve begun to see the value in morning thinking sessions.

Anyway, I’ve said enough for now, but if you’re looking for more inspiration, you can always scan the weekly digest.

See you back here tomorrow. Same bat time, same bat channel.

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Weekly Digest: January 9, 2021

Weekly Digest: January 9, 2021

How’s it going in creative and creator land out there?

Did you get a lot done this week? Did you set goals and intentions for 2021? What are your big plans? I would love to hear about it.

Here’s what I got up to this week.

David Andrew Wiebe

I write to inspire creatives and creators just like you. And I’m always open to suggestions (my Thursday post on “a day in the life of…” came from a reader).

Here are the posts that went live this week:

>> Subscribe to the daily blog for creators and creatives

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Music Entrepreneur HQ

I have been giving modern music makers the tools and mental models they need to create the life they love through music since 2009.

Here are the posts that went live this week:

>> Grab a free guide to grow your fan base and music career

The Indie YYC

I host a weekly series called Creative Entrepreneur where I share weekly podcast content.

No new content this week due to personal family matters. I’ll be back with more next week.

>> Don’t forget to like our Facebook page

Random Things I Dig

Who Am I? by Sri Ramana Maharshi (affiliate link) is a short, peaceful read.

Final Thoughts

Thanks for your creativity and generosity. Keep it going.

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#StrategySunday – January 3, 2021

#StrategySunday – January 3, 2021

Normally, I am excited about taking time to think and reflect around this time of year. This time, things have gone a little differently.

Either way, here’s my first #StrategySunday planning session for the year, and it has brought further refinement to my weekly routine. Let’s get into it.

Minutes

I call this “minutes,” but it’s just a list of items covered during the planning session.

Here’s what I went over today:

  • I reviewed my content responsibilities for the week. You can peruse the projects page for a better sense of what I’m working on – though I can’t divulge all my client relationships.
  • I reviewed my current learning efforts – books I’m reading as well as courses I’m taking.
  • I added self-care to my minutes and briefly speculated on possibilities.
  • I reviewed new opportunities and projects.
  • I speculated on automating content distribution for additional amplification.
  • I speculated on a new website idea I’ve been considering.
  • I time blocked my schedule for the coming week.

Lessons

Was there anything interesting that came out of this week’s reflection and planning session?

  • Last week, I’d figured out that there were four rocks that needed to be accounted for each week – content, product, music, and admin duties. Now I see that learning and self-care should be added to the list.
  • What I learned from executing against my schedule last week is that I can get a huge chunk of work done in just three days. So, making time for self-care and brainless admin tasks on Thursday and Friday seemed to make a lot of sense and that’s what I’ve planned for this week.

Ideas

Were there any ideas that came out of this week’s session?

  • I felt it important to add self-care to my priorities, even though I have been more proactive about this lately. This is going to be a crazy year, so personal health and wellness is going to be critical to my success.
  • The new website idea was something that came up over the course of the week, and not something that came out of this session. But I got to think more about what it might look like if I were to build it.

Final Thoughts

Thanks for dropping by and let me know how your planning sessions have been going.

If you need more inspiration, don’t forget to scan yesterday’s weekly digest for more.

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Weekly Digest: January 2, 2021

Weekly Digest: January 2, 2021

Happy new year! Thanks for dropping by.

As with any other week, I’ve got new things to share with you. Here’s my first weekly digest for the year of 2021.

David Andrew Wiebe

The blog is here to inspire creatives and creators just like you. If you have any questions that need answering, just let me know.

Here are the posts that went live this week:

>> Subscribe to the daily blog for creators and creatives

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Music Entrepreneur HQ

At Music Entrepreneur HQ, I give modern music makers the tools and mental models they need to create the life they love through music.

Here are the posts that went live this week:

>> Grab a free guide to grow your fan base and music career

The Indie YYC

At The Indie YYC, I host a series called Creative Entrepreneur where I share weekly podcast content.

No new content this week, but I’ll be back with more next week.

>> Don’t forget to like our Facebook page

Random Things I Dig

Noah Kagan has been killing it on his blog and on YouTube. I’ve enjoyed being a part of his Friday live streams.

Final Thoughts

Thanks for your creativity and generosity. Keep fighting the good fight!

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