How to Set Up Your Music Career Routine

How to Set Up Your Music Career Routine

My business coach, James Schramko, taught me the importance of routine.

Routine requires forethought. And it takes discipline to keep to. But when done correctly, it can be your best productivity tool. I’m a big believer in that.

As I’ve been going through a yearlong leadership program, my routine has been looking quite a big different than it used to. The biggest change is more calls and meetings. Most of these happen at predictable times, some are subject to change, and some only happen once.

To give you a bit of an idea, here’s an overview of this week’s meeting and call schedule:

Monday, 8:00 – 8:45 AM: Program related meeting
Monday, 9:00 – 9:30 AM: Program related breakout meeting
Monday, 10:00 – 10:30 AM: Side business meeting
Tuesday, 9:00 – 9:30 AM: Program related breakout meeting
Tuesday, 4:30 – 5:00 PM: Program related breakout meeting
Tuesday, 6:00 – 9:00 PM: Program related training opportunity
Wednesday, 9:00 – 9:45 AM: Program related team meeting
Wednesday, 7:00 – 7:45 PM: Program related team meeting
Thursday, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Side business meeting
Thursday, 12:30 – 1:00 PM: Program related coaching call
Thursday, 2:00 – 2:30 PM: The Singer-Songwriter Summit presentation
Friday, 10:45 – 11:15 AM: Program related colleague call
Friday, 12:00 – 12:45 PM: Program related team meeting
Friday, 7:00 – 9:45 PM: Program related meeting
Saturday, 8:30 – 9:30 AM: Program related clinic
Saturday, 10:00 – 11:00 AM: Program related team meeting

Sounds kind of intense, right? And that’s because the program I’m taking is intensive.

I would love to say that I always get up at a consistent time or that everything happens at a specific time in my schedule. That’s not how things are working right now. But I have created some order in the chaos to keep me on track. I have certain days reserved for certain activities. And here’s what that looks like:

  • Monday: Work on my book first thing in the morning. Most of Monday is dedicated to setting myself up for success for the rest of the week. That might mean writing multiple blog posts, outlining client blog articles, communicating with team members, preparing for meetings, and the like.
  • Tuesday: Work on my book first thing in the morning. Tuesday morning is dedicated to audio content (podcast, members only audios, etc.). The afternoon is spent developing the client blog articles I was assigned.
  • Wednesday: Work on my book first thing in the morning. Most of the day is spent developing client blog articles, but I also take ad hoc meetings (e.g., podcast interviews) on Wednesdays.
  • Thursday: Work on my book first thing in the morning. Overall, same as Wednesday. I will usually leave Thursday nights open for something fun, like games night with friends.
  • Friday: Work on my book first thing in the morning. Finish odds and ends – blog articles, blog updates, additional content, ad hoc projects, Elite Players: All Access Pass updates, making music, and so on.
  • Saturday: Create weekly digest, publish it, and send it out to email list(s).
  • Sunday: Don’t do anything!

So, even if organized chaos is what you’re facing right now (been there), you can at least create themes for your days. And that helps you make progress in the areas that matter every single week.

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Weekly Digest: October 16, 2021

Weekly Digest: October 16, 2021

David Andrew Wiebe, October 2021What does it look like to do complete work?

See, as ambitious creatives, it’s easy to get in the habit of starting dozens of projects, rarely or never finishing any. And I’m guilty as sin.

But that’s not all. Doing complete work isn’t just about finishing projects. It’s about continuing the conversation until there’s nothing left to say. It’s about leaving no stone unturned.

Completion is available in every aspect of life. It’s just that we’re sometimes unwilling to do the work to get there. We might need to endure discomfort or embarrassment. We might need to own up to our mistakes or even “white lies.”

See, completion is unusual. Some even say it’s unavailable or impossible, but that’s not true. We can declare completion. The power is with us!

Keep in mind that whatever incompletion you might be facing, it only lives with you. It does not live with others. That means you’re the only one that can do anything about it.

So, what work do you need to do to create more completes in life? The more complete you are, the more freedom you will ultimately experience. You can be free of your past. But you need to cause completion. You’re the only one that can do it.

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