Since today’s Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d share with you a tip that will help you in both your romantic relationships AND in your studio.

(And no, it’s not to have your sweetheart buy you a new piece of gear.)

I get lots of emails from people who complain that they don’t get to spend enough time in their home studios.

I get it.

Now, change gears for a second.

Imagine a scenario with me. You’re married with 3 kids. Life is crazy busy. You work full-time, and you spend the rest of your free time with your kids, doing work around the house, etc…but you almost never spend any quality time with your spouse.


‘Tis a recipe for disaster, right?

You need some sort of date night, some sort of intentional time with your spouse.

From my experience, good intentions just don’t cut it. We might intendto go out on a date for months at a time, but it doesn’t happen.

The solution, of course, is to actually schedule our date nights.

“But that sounds so dull and unromantic!” you might say.

Well riddle me this, Batman. How romantic is it to go months on end without any quality time with your significant other?


And you know what?

(You knew this was coming, right?)

It’s the same thing with your home studio.

You need to “book yourself” some time in your studio.

Scheduling your studio time may not feel as creative and spontaneous, just like scheduling date nights doesn’t seem romantic. But if you wait around for the stars to align, when you actually have some free time AND you’re feeling creative, you might never get back in your studio again.

How often you book yourself in your studio is completely up to you.

For me, I’m blessed with a really flexible schedule. Recently I changed things up. I set aside 4 mornings per week to work in the studio, 3 hours per day. So that’s 12 hours per week.

You may only be able to find 1 hour per week…or 1 hour per month.

Whatever that number is, get it on the calendar. Do whatever you have to do to make it work, then get your booty in the studio.

And if you’re coming up short on music to work on, then you’ll love Dueling Mixes. You get a new song every month to mix…and these songs are FUN.

Get signed up now, then schedule your next session.

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So long, love-birds.

Joe Gilder
Home Studio Corner