Got this awesome email from Peter, one of my Understanding EQ customers

Check it out:

“The whole issue of time was an enormous obstacle for me…and getting together with other musicians to collaborate on projects. So this may be a useful tip for some people.

What I did was to take the randomness out of it. I started by doing a deal with my wife, every second Sunday is totally dedicated for me and my studio.

That doesn’t sound much I know, but a few things happened:

  1. My wife could plan her own outings with family and/or friends on those days (she is actually accomplishing more). Win/win.
  2. My musician friends could actually schedule the day in advance. They all know its an all-day thing at my place, and they know what days.
  3. I could plan ahead and actually maximize studio time by knowing what the heck I was doing before I went in and did it, therefore improving the efficiency of the time that I had in the studio.
  4. I now can set timelines for projects and can produce to certain deadlines.

Anytime that I have on top of that scheduled time is a bonus. So it’s not like I only work in my studio on those particular Sundays, it is just that those days are completely dedicated.

That and producing a song in an hour (albeit usually just guitar,vox and some simple rhythm track), which we have discussed, has greatly improved my recording experience.

Cheers,

Peter”

Love, love, LOVE that.

He’s dedicating ONE day per month to recording. That’s it.

12 days per year.

And I bet he gets more done this year than most people.

Heck, even Peter said that one day a month “doesn’t sound like much,” but you’d be amazed at what you can accomplish in one HOUR, much less one DAY.

(If you don’t believe me, check out the 1-Hour Challenge I did for my VIP members over at:

www.homestudiocorner.com/vip

One song. One mic. One hour. It turned out really awesome.)

It’s all about getting in there and getting things done.

Kudos to you, Peter, for making it happen.

Now, for the rest of you, can you find time to work on music?

  • Chris Porro

    twyla tharp has a book called the creative habit. it’s a bit more extreme then what you suggest but the premise is similar. you have to structure your time so that when creativity emerges you capture it. this she does with a regular routine.

    personally i find it’s impossible to not schedule things with musicians. everone i know has plans stretching months in the future. if you try and put together practices every week it’s a total disaster because everyone already planed things. if you are working with a group of more then a few people it’s all over.

    • Scheduling with groups is always a nightmare. 🙂

  • Scrivinome

    Ahem… That Would Be 26 Days A Year.

    • I read this as “every second Sunday,” meaning the 2nd Sunday of every month. 12 a year. Bam. 🙂

  • Zionstrumpeter1

    I am VERY fortunate that my wife is a musician like myself I guess! Unfortunately, that sometimes makes musical decisions a heated discussion and then the joy of recording is temporarily lost!! So, you see, there are pluses and minuses…
    -Tal

    • Absolutely. Sometimes I wish my wife was a musician, but more often than not her non-musical opinions are more valuable. 🙂

  • jon

    Wouldn’t it be 2-3 days a month that he’s dedicating, since it’s every other Sunday?

    • 2nd Sunday of every month. As in, not the first Sunday but the second one.

  • Jon

    great suggestion Joe I’m off for a discussion with my wife..

    • Just don’t start it with “Joe Gilder said…”

      Next thing we know there are thousands of wives out there who hate Joe Gilder. 🙂