Two weeks ago I wrote about some thoughts on vacation. I wrote that post from the beach with my iPhone.

The very next day, I decided to go into the water…with my iPhone…in my pocket.

Bye-bye iPhone.

It’s like ten thousands spoons…

Here’s the ironic part. That day I had started reading a book about productivity and…get this…eliminating distractions. I think I subconsciously took that section to heart and promptly drowned my iPhone a few minutes later.

What now? I have no internet in my pocket wherever I go! I can’t access my email every 3 minutes! I don’t have GPS! I can’t get on Facebook and Twitter!! I can’t run my business!!!!

Umm…false. It’s been two weeks. I still don’t have an iPhone, and I’m still alive.

In fact, I’m really enjoying this new-found freedom. I used to think of the iPhone as this awesome way to stay connected to everything and everyone at all times. At the same time I killed my iPhone, I started limiting my email usage by only checking it twice a day.

I discovered something.

Suddenly I have so much time in my day! When I’m not constantly engaging in these mindless and mildly entertaining activities (like email, Twitter, Facebook, etc.), I suddenly have these huge blocks of time, where I can be…gasp…productive!?!

This applies to both running HSC and being an audio engineer. I find that I’m getting more done, have more time to spend with my wife, and I feel less pressured/stressed.

What about you?

I’m not suggesting we all drown our smart phones. I ended up just getting whatever free phone AT&T would give me. It was what I needed. Removing these distractions helped clear my mind, and it helped me to focus on important things, rather than just being “busy.”

With regards to your music and your time in your studio, what distractions can you eliminate? What activities can you STOP doing so you can focus on the more important stuff?

Do you spend 30 minutes tinkering around with a cross-fade on a background vocal when you could be finishing up a mix?

Do you constantly use iChat or AIM in the middle of your sessions?

Does it take you as long to set up for a session as it does to actually record something?

Find one thing that is sucking up all your time and get rid of it (or limit it severely) for a week. See what happens.

Alright, comment time. Leave a comment and let me know what you’re going to eliminate. Then report back later and let us know how it went. Ready? Go!