Write down your goals.
Be very specific – each goal should have branches of steps you need to take to accomplish it. The more specific you are in how you will accomplish a task the less time you will waste when performing it.
Learn something new every time you sit down to work.
Go through your ideas folder, find a piece of work you want to emulate, then find a tutorial on that technique (remember to log all of your tutorials and their cliff notes).
Each project has to have a purpose!
When starting a project I make sure that it matches one of these 3 criteria…
- 1. The finished product will be given to someone as a gift. Giving gifts without asking for anything in return is one of the most effective ways to build your network. It shows gratitude, builds immediate trust, and typically has the person asking what they can do for you in return.
- 2. It is for a job. Meaning, something you are getting payed for.
- 3. It is in exchange for something else.
Want someone to build your website but are strapped for cash? Ask yourself if they can benefit from your new skill, then offer them a trade. i.e. I will make custom music for your wives birthday video if you create my logo.
Do not look at your past work.
This tip is especially important for musicians & writers. It can be one of the biggest wasters of your time. When you sit down, don’t allow your self to go through your previous work until you’ve completed something new first.
Break large projects into 1/3rd’s.
If your main goal is to learn the most difficult guitar solo you can think of, start by…
- learning the first 1/3 of it,
- learning the last 1/3,
- and finally the middle 1/3.
Then try playing only 2 of the sections together, change it up, randomize the order, and once you are proficient in every random arrangement, give the entire solo a shot.