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5 Steps to a More Productive Week as a Musician

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How many times have you uttered the words, “I wish there were more time in the day”?

You have 100 things on your plate, due dates are approaching, your eyes are bloodshot, and all you can think about is how fast the hours are flying by without your to-do list getting smaller.

The initial reaction to needing to find more hours in the day is to sleep less.

So you pull some all-nighters and find drinks/pills caffeinated enough to keep you energized and focused to make all of your deadlines. Sometimes that works. Sometimes you make your deadlines by the skin of your teeth. Sometimes the planets align and you’re able to make it all work.

And then you crash.

The problem is that you’re putting all of your energy and time (both of which you wish you had more) into working harder, when you should be using both of those precious resources to work smarter.

7 Songwriting Errors That Could Ruin Your Song

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Songwriting is hard. It’s not easy for anyone, not even Paul McCartney.

“I don’t know how to do this,” McCartney told NPR. “You would think I do, but it’s not one of these things you ever know how to do.”

So it’s okay if you make a couple songwriting errors, as long as you’re able to recognize them and adjust. To help with that, here are seven common mistakes songwriters make that you should avoid.

What to Do When There's No Longer A Plan for Your Music Career

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Editor’s note: Pieces of this post first appeared in Episode 43 of The Music-Preneur Mindset Podcast: The Pitfalls of Reaching Your Goals.

 

It’s not hard to realize why goal setting is so important. Having something to work towards gives us clear direction as well as motivation to take action. It often gives us purpose and keeps us from floating around aimlessly.

When we reach our goals our attitude and mindset shift from doubt to confidence and often set off a domino effect for future successes.

But, sometimes, when we’ve completed a large or important goal, it can have the opposite effect on us. Instead of motivating us to keep going, it can stop us dead in our tracks and cause us to feel confused and lost as to where to go next.

4 Ways to Connect With New Fans on Tour

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Touring is the opportunity to take all your best skills — your talent for music, your ability to connect with fans, your penchant for making people feel understood — and use them to make massive progress in a process that would otherwise take weeks, months, or years.

Don't Let Smart Speakers Control Your Music

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Ever since Amazon announced their smart speaker, Echo, at the end of 2014, this niche industry as quickly climbed. Other companies started releasing their own smart speakers and, now, most of your music-loving, middle-to-upper-class friends probably have one sitting next to their vinyl record player.

This is good. It made it easier for music fans to listen to any song they wanted with a quick vocal command. But it’s also affected the music makers. Here's how and what you should know about smart speakers as an artist.