I dare you to find one stop light in America where this doesn’t happen on a very regular basis.

I see it everywhere.

The light turns red, people stop. The light turns green, people go.

Well, SOME people go.

Inevitably, there is at least one car that sits motionless while all the cars in front of it move forward. Of course, the person is buried in his or her cell phone. Apparently, finding out what their random Facebook friend from high school ate for lunch is more important than driving.

But you know what? We can do the same thing in the studio.

What are ways that you are holding up your progress in the studio?

A big one for me? Distractions.

Cell phones, internet, e-mail – these things can completely derail a session for me if I allow it.

That’s why I’m trying to focus more of my attention lately on doing one task at a time. If I’m working on a session, I’m working on that session and that session only. If I’m tempted to open up e-mail or send a text message or check a website, I try to stop myself and get back to work.

This one tip alone could completely transform the way you work in your studio.

Put the phone down.

Make some music.

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Joe Gilder
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