Got another batch of letters from kids that we donated to for the Anchors fundraiser.
This was one of my favorites.
The wonderful Lauren Farmer took some beautiful photos at my show last week. She makes me look a lot better than I really do, and for that, I thank her.
I identify myself as a musician first and foremost, although most of my day is spent at the offices of DoSomething.org running social change campaigns. I believe in identifying yourself with the thing you are most passionate about, so while I love my job, here we are.
I work a good amount, but I have a lot of projects on the side that are really important to me. A friend at work asked me recently how I stay so productive after working a 10 hour day, so I figured I’d put together a quick list of things I live by.
1. Identify what is important to you. Sounds simple, but it’s hard to lose sight of this at the end of a full day. Remind yourself what you really want, and amp yourself up for the post-work hours that you have to go after it.
2. Cut out cable. How much time do you spend flipping through channels looking for something to watch? Everything I need is on Hulu, Netflix and iTunes. I set aside some time each week to indulge, and that’s it.
3. Pick 3 specific weekly goals. I know that this week I want to record a new demo I have been working on, learn some coding through codeacademy and update some of my profiles on different music sites. I’ve worked in time for each throughout the week.
4. Keep an eye on what inspires you. I have a ton of friends that are talented musicians, so I keep an eye on their show calendars and try to read a few articles a week from people that inspire me. It also lights a fire under my ass to work harder.
5. Sleep 7 hours, drink coffee. Yep
6. Change it up. Do something different each week, go for a walk, try something new. Get out of your routine.
7. Put yourself out there. Whatever it is that you are working on outside of your job, throw it out to the public. Get feedback. The more I post demos and get feedback, the more I am pushed to create more, get better and get more feedback.
8. Eat Oreos. They’re delicious
I played a new song last night at Bar 4 called “Taking All My Chances.” I hope you all like it