To-Do ListRaise your hand if you are a procrastinator. Go ahead…raise it on up.

Do you struggle to finish a recording? Have you been planning an album for years, only to keep continually pushing back the date? What obstacles are you facing? What’s getting in the way of getting things done?

Take me, for example. I have an album in the works. I had hoped to finish it this fall, but a lot of things got in the way. Many of these obstacles were legitimate — moving, a new job, several engineering jobs, launching the HSC Production Club — but I probably could have still finished it by now if I had made it a priority.

Am I beating myself up about this? Nope, but I am re-thinking things, and I’m re-aligning my priorities for the next month or two to hopefully finish things off.

This is something I struggle with constantly. I am very good at coming up with and starting projects, but I am easily distracted, and I have a tendency to leave things unfinished. Does that ring a bell with you?

Since I’m in the “alright-Joe-you-need-to-figure-out-what-you-need-to-do-to-finish-this-album” phase, I thought it would be good to compile several articles I’ve written over the last year that deal with this topic. If you’re in the same boat as me, let’s take a few minutes to read through these, and let’s make some changes!

Productivity Series – I wrote a series of posts earlier this year on productivity in the home studio. Check ’em out:

The One-Hour Challenge – This is probably one of my favorite articles. I had been thinking about all the time I waste in my studio, so I decided to record an entire song in one hour. It was definitely eye-opening.

Do You Set Deadlines? – Well, do you?

The Many Hats of a Home Studio Owner – Great guest post that dives into the various roles we play as home studio owners and how they can either hinder or help us be more productive.

Don’t blame it on the gear. I’ve got plenty of excuses for why I struggle to put out album after album. The one excuse that holds no weight is that I don’t have the right gear for the job. Here are some articles where I expand on this a bit:

I hope this helps you and I both to get more things done and make more music!

[Photo Credit – ikoka]