I started reading a pretty cool book* this week.
It’s one of those business books we entrepreneur nerds love so much.
Anyhoo, the authors are talking about their successes in building a pretty big stinkin’ company.
One thing they talked about is what I call “The Sharpie Technique.”
They said that when they first come up with an idea for a new product or feature, they only let themselves use a sharpie to draw up ideas (as opposed to a pen).
Why a sharpie?
Because you can’t get very detailed or specific with a sharpie.
You can draw boxes and arrows, and you can label things, but you can’t get down to the nitty gritty.
And that’s a good thing, because there’s no need to focus on the small details until you’ve figured out the big picture. (Why obsess over the design and color of a website before you even know what the website is about? See?)
How can you apply the Sharpie Technique to your work in your studio?
Here are some examples:
- Don’t spend 20 minutes tweaking the EQ on your snare drum when you haven’t recorded all the other instruments. (Sharpie = focus on getting all the right parts recorded.)
- Don’t focus about having the perfect collection of plugins when you’re not a very good mix engineer. (Sharpie = focus on improving your mixing skills, not the tools you’re using.)
- Don’t obsess over mic placement on the guitar amp if the guitar amp tone sounds like booty. (Sharpie = focus on getting great guitar tone, then mic placement will be much easier.)
The list could go on and on…
What ways are you using a pen instead of a sharpie?
Where are you missing the forrest over the trees?
What unimportant stuff are you obsessing over?
One way to force yourself to focus is to have a project that you have to finish.
That’s exactly what you get every month at Dueling Mixes. A new song to finish every month. A built-in deadline. Pretty stinkin’ awesome.
This month’s tracks are REALLY well-recorded (think: professional session musicians).
It’s a great month to get started. Check it out here:
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