Tips For to Balancing Your Music Career With Your Personal Life
We've all been there... we all want the opportunity to work on our music career - whilst maintaining a relationship with your guy/girlfriend. So with "work life balance" becoming an important topic within the music industry, here's some quick advice on what you can potentially do to curb time that you're actively wasting.
How badly do you want it?
12-15 hour days are tough... There's no doubt about it. Currently in the music industry as an artist manager for some producers on NCS & Trap Nation, I'm working every hour that I'm capable of doing in order to drive high quality results. After all, that feeling of success when something amazing happens with a project is almost unbeatable. So here's some tips on how to balance your time spent on your career with your social life.
Learn How to Prioritize
Prioritization of tasks is always a problem that people struggle with. So why not prioritize your tasks for the day? That way, you're able to work through them one-by-one until they're done, and then afterwards can have some downtime.
If you're working on a big project, perhaps break that up into smaller, more workable tasks. Maybe it's sending 10 e-mails from your list of 50, or focus on streamlining one aspect of your workflow instead of reorganizing your whole system. It's easy to to get intimidated by too many tasks or too many big projects, so make sure you create a system that works for you.
Take Time For Yourself
What makes you happy? Is it going for a walk? Is it spending time with family? Or something else? Every single day, integrate that into your life so that you can maintain your work schedule alongside a happy personal life. I promise, setting aside one hour to go to the gym instead of answering e-mails or crunching in the studio will be more beneficial to you in the long term.
Check Your Social Media Habit
Social media time management is a big issue for some people. We've all been in that situation where you go on YouTube to find a song to listen to, and end up watching a 45 minute video on a random topic. And so timing your activity on each site could help make you more aware of how you're spending time. Last year, Quartz wrote an article detailing this phenomenon. According to the figures, we check our phones as often as 150 times per day. If you were to consider that checking your phone consisted of only a one minute interruption (yeah, right) then that's still 2.5 hours of productivity that you're losing each day.They even compare the psychological rewards from receiving new notifications or new likes to the addictive properties of a slot machine.
Start tracking just how much time you're spending on social media, if you're clocking in several hours per platform, it might be time for a digital detox.
To do this, make adjustments to your day/schedule in order to maximize productivity. Perhaps you set aside yourself a half hour to check your socials in the morning with your morning coffee, or save your YouTube fix for the evening before you go to bed. You may want to consider deleting some apps from your phone, or if you're on your computer try the Facebook News Feed Eradicator to avoid mindless scrolling. Whatever works best for you.
I tend to find that motivational music can increase my work ethic. So here's my favorite song right now. It's about people doubting your ambitions, and putting the work in to become successful.
Wait, could you be hustling harder?
But let's flip the switch a bit. What if you have TOO MUCH of a personal life and need to integrate more work into it?
If you're a producer who's reading this, and you spend several hours every single day drinking alcohol etc with your mates, I would highly suggest cutting back on your social life in order to allow time for work. If you want to have a career in a creative field, taking care of your mind and body is paramount to your output. Yes, FOMO is a serious condition that we can all relate to, but cutting back on your social life for a few weeks or months could pay back in dividends. After all, being financially stable from your passion is one of the best feelings in the world.
If you have an ambition to be on NCS, go and make friends with producers who regularly feature on that label. If you have an ambition to be on Trap Nation or Majestic Casual, build your network with people who are featured on those channels. Once you've established a relationship, they're more likely to accept a collaboration if they like your music.
What's your endgame?
My point is to make sure that your actions map your ambitions. If you're not happy with life, find the problem that's causing your stress and sadness and work towards finding a creative solution that will help to minimize its effects. Ultimately, do what makes YOU happy, and eventually the money will come.