Would you like to know the times when I feel the most productive, the most focused?

It’s not when I’m juggling ten different projects, making tiny progress on each of them. It’s not even when I have 20 items on my to-do list for the day, and I cross all of them off.

No, the most productive (and fun) days are the days when there’s ONE thing on my to-do list.

The last two days were those kind of days. Ben and Caitlyn of Homestead Collective were in the studio with me recording an acoustic Christmas EP. (It sounds amazing, btw.)

During those two 8-hour blocks of time, nothing else mattered all that much. We made music. That’s all we did. The rest of the world, my to-do list, and my email inbox had to wait.

You need this kind of singular focus if you want to finish that project you’re working on, or release that album you’ve been dreaming about. Don’t take on 47 musical projects at the same time. Choose one. Work on it until it’s finished, then choose the next one.

In a case of irony that would make Alanis Morissette slow clap, you do more by doing less.

Go do less.

Joe Gilder
Home Studio Corner

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