Will it be Easier When You Get There?

Will it be Easier When You Get There?

So, you want a successful music career. Or you want to build a business. Or you want to earn your financial freedom.

These are worthy and commendable goals and there’s a reason why we want them.

But it’s easy to make bad assumptions about what things will be like when you finally attain your goals.

Your assumption might be that things will get a lot easier when you finally reach your goals. You might think that income will be generated on autopilot, dog trainers will look after your dogs, and maids will ensure your house is always clean and pristine.

You may even get all those things.

But will it be easier when you get there?

If you have a larger bank account, you’ve got to learn to be more responsible with your financial resources, not less. Otherwise, your elevated lifestyle will catch up with you.

If you build a successful business, even if you manage to make yourself mostly irrelevant in the operations, you will still have executives, managers, and employees to oversee. You will need to keep an eye on your team to ensure things are done to specification and with integrity, for the company to maintain and grow (if that’s the goal).

If you have investments, you will need to check in with them periodically. If you have a successful artistic career, you will need to release new material and tour it. No matter the success, you will likely need to operate with increased vigilance and discipline, and on balance, you won’t be much happier than you are today, if at all.

A safer assumption, then, is that things won’t be any easier than they are today. If anything, you will have greater responsibility. You probably won’t be much happier. And you will still be busy, just with other things.

If you’re going to start with the end in mind, then become the kind of person that can take on and handle more today. Because there is a version of you that accomplished all the loftiest goals. That version of you, though, is an expanded version of you, not a diminished version.

If you’re going to start with the end in mind, then become the kind of person that can take on and handle more today. Share on X
132 – How to be Happier & More Productive in 2019

132 – How to be Happier & More Productive in 2019

Are you looking to make 2019 your best year yet? Are you looking for a better way to plan your schedule and activities?

In this episode of The New Music Industry Podcast, I review a method I refer to as “defaults”. By setting defaults in your life, you can significantly cut down on wasted time, get more done, and foster more happiness in your life.

Podcast Highlights:

  • 00:34 – Getting more done in 2019 with defaults
  • 01:27 – How defaults work
  • 03:18 – Setting your defaults
  • 10:45 – My methods for planning and organizing are constantly changing


Are you looking to get more done in your music career in 2019? Then this podcast episode is for you.

Last year I shared about a concept I call “defaults”.

The idea here is that you have a default plan for your day. What this does is it eliminates wasted time and energy.

If we’re constantly having to think about what to do now and then what to do next, then a lot of our time is being wasted having to plan moment by moment. A much easier and more productive way to go about your day is to have a clear plan and to follow it.

Time blocking is a popular way to go about this. People will use tools like calendar apps or spreadsheets to color code different parts of their schedule and account for every hour in their days and weeks.

So, maybe they would use red blocks to indicate when they’re going to be practicing their instrument. They would use blue blocks to indicate when they’re in a rehearsal, and so on.

If you’re a particularly organized person, I think this might be a great way to ensure you’re doing the right things to achieve your musical goals.

A default is far more flexible and less rigid. It’s a bit like conditional statements in computer programming:

If this, then that.

For instance, let’s say you typically rehearse with your band on Thursday night. We’ll call this variable A. If A happens, then you go to rehearsal. We’ll call this variable B. But rehearsals will sometimes get cancelled or moved to another night. That’s variable C. Finally, you have variable D, which is what you do by default when C happens.

When A happens, B is your default. When C happens, D is your default.

Let’s say you typically have Wednesday nights free and you’re looking for something to do.

If you leave this to chance, you’ll probably just end up sitting on your couch and binge-watching Netflix. But you’re looking for something more worthwhile to do with your time.

So, you could have going to an open mic on Wednesday night as a default. You don’t necessarily need to decide which open mic to go to. You would simply hold Wednesday night as your open mic night and keep that plan in front of you. And, of course, you’d follow through with that plan.

The benefits of going to an open mic as a musician are obvious. You can network with other musicians, gain live performance experience, sell some merch and maybe even get booked for a feature or a gig.

Now, it’s all well and good that defaults can set you up to be more productive.

That’s something I addressed in last year’s podcast episode too.

I mentioned that rest, leisure, entertainment and even spontaneous fun could all be made defaults in your life.

For instance, if you know that you don’t typically have any work to do on Monday, you could have going to the mountains as your default. Getting out into nature is good. It’s refreshing. You can get some exercise. And, it could be a good opportunity to think and reflect, too.

The value of regular reflection can’t be overstated, so just in case, here’s a little reminder – please remember to reflect, at least on a monthly basis!

Now that I’ve introduced the topic, why don’t we go back and listen to episode 76 which was all about setting defaults for yourself?

You can find 076 – Setting Your Defaults here

And I’m back to wrap up today’s episode.

Now, I should let you know that my methods of planning and organizing are always changing.

Last year, defaults made a lot of sense to me. This year, things are a little different.

One thing that hasn’t changed is the fact that I continue to use a desk calendar and yellow legal pad to plan my life. Honestly, it’s come to the point where I feel naked without these items.

Recently, I’ve been feeling the need to digitize my calendar as well, though I am somewhat reluctant to go in that direction. While I do work from home, I’m often on the go because of meetings, events, open mics, performances, recording sessions and so on.

But you might be wondering why I decided to revisit this idea of setting your defaults with you if it’s not something I’m actively doing right now.

That’s because I still see value in it, and I want to continue to share with you any ideas that may help you better organize your schedule, be more productive and happier overall.

If it’s not this method, then there will be another that’s right for you. Though I’ve adopted some of David Allen’s Getting Things Done methodology, I’ve tailored it to my needs. You can do the same things with defaults.

And, ultimately, productivity doesn’t change that much. Regardless of what method you use, you’re going to need to be diligent and intentional about the process.

As some of my mentors always used to say, success doesn’t happen by accident. So, start planning!

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7 Habits of Happy Successful Entrepreneurs

What habits do entrepreneurs have that allow them to be happy and successful?

That’s a great question, because you can certainly be happy without being successful, and you can be successful without being happy too!

In this guest post, Janet Miller provides us with seven tips on how to find this meaningful balance.

And if you feel you’ve got something valuable to share with the community, you may want to consider submitting a guest post.

Here’s Janet!

Habits are an essential part of our lives. They influence both our professional and personal lives, and form a key aspect of who we are. What makes some entrepreneurs happier and more successful than others? Habits are a key factor. Here are seven habits of happy successful entrepreneurs.

1. They Never Settle

Elon Musk is famous for never taking no for an answer. He simply never allows someone to tell him that something is impossible or beyond his capability to accomplish – he sets clear goals and doesn’t give up until he meets them, exceeds them, or fails attempting.

While it is important to maintain a good grasp on the reality of any given situation, pushing the envelope in this manner is a shared trait of many happy successful entrepreneurs.

2. They Persist

Many startups fail. The happy, successful entrepreneur does not let this shake his confidence – most have started several businesses before ending up with a successful one. The ability to learn from one’s mistakes and never giving up is critical to one’s success,

3. They Are Humble

Known for his extreme humility and approachability, Tony Hsieh, the founder of Zappos, stresses cultivating humility throughout life as part of the emotional makeup of a happy, successful entrepreneur.

4. They Exercise Frequently

For most entrepreneurs, daily physical activity is an absolute necessity. Not only does exercising at a given time each day lead to a more structured, healthier lifestyle, it also has long-term emotional benefits that result in a happier, more satisfied mind and body.

Running a business can be extremely stressful, especially for entrepreneurs who have to overcome seemingly insurmountable challenges on a daily basis. Exercise provides a fantastic outlet for these stresses and emotions, allowing you to release energy while improving yourself.

These activities are also scientifically proven to release chemicals into the bloodstream that give positive feelings.

5. They Associate with Like-Minded Entrepreneurs

You are the average of the people you spend the most time with. Happy successful entrepreneurs take the time to cultivate relationships with like-minded entrepreneurs with whom they can share ideas and find a strong source of support.

Spending time with other individuals who lead healthy, balanced lives can only leads to positive results. It will enable you to incorporate their productive patterns into your own routine.

6. They Spend Time in Solitude

Like any exhausting profession, the life of an entrepreneur is a demanding one. When the success or failure of a venture is solely dependent upon your business expertise, the pressure can definitely mount up.

Thus, spending a little time alone to reflect and meditate in peace and solitude is essential. Overwork can have detrimental effects upon both your emotional state and your productivity.

Working longer hours doesn’t necessarily lead to better results, or a more satisfied feeling at the end of the day, and meditation can even improve your business mind and interpersonal skills. Taking time in this manner is essential to your mental health, and is a habit that you should definitely develop.

7. They Drink Lots and Lots of Water

The happy successful entrepreneur stays hydrated throughout the day. Water offers a multitude of benefits – it energizes our bodies, clears our bodies of any waste, and helps to maintain steady organ function.

Keeping hydrated throughout the day is essential to a healthy and happy lifestyle – the average person requires about nine pints of aqua vida per day, which is a lot more than it sounds. It’s a simple, yet effective routine to have – drink one bottle per hour. Just don’t overdo it!

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