I’ve always been the laziest person on earth, but in the last few yeas, these tools have helped me correct bad habits, install new ones, and generally stay on the right course of action for my plan to success.

I already shared them with my musician friends and now they all have huge whiteboards at home and a Moleskine in their pocket????

So just give them a try, I’m sure they can help you reach your goals faster!

 

 

1) DAILY PLANNER

 

Today artists need to keep track of dozens of different tasks: we have to make music, but we also need to mix & master it, find cover arts, network in the music industry and marketing our music… all of this while creating content for all our social media!

Failing to organize these tasks may dramatically slow down our careers, and that’s why I always say a daily planner is an artist’s best friend! 

It allows us both to keep track of everything and get motivated while doing so, as research has found we get a dopamine rush when we actually markdown tasks as completed.

Plus seeing uncompleted tasks pile up is a good way to feel like a failure and that may get your ass moving ????

My favorite daily planner is this one by Moleskine, but feel free to use any small notebook!

Alternatively, you could try using free apps like Trello, Wunderlist or Google Keep, but I’m not confident recommending software versions of a daily planner, as they sit on your smartphone along with your other apps, and the tasks often end up forgotten under dozens of other notifications!

 

 

2) WHITEBOARD

 

One of the differences between successful artists and lazy asses who limit themselves to daydream about success is the formers have a structured plan.

But one this is having a plan… another is actually sticking to it, and that’s not so easy! ????

So, this is exactly where whiteboards come in because having your goals written so BIG somewhere you look often helps you to stay on course with your plan to success.

 

Here’s how you can use one

 

Everyone is different and after a few days from getting it, you’ll soon find the most effective way to use it, but here are some starters.

Start by dividing the board into two sections. Use the first one to write down your long-term goals, the ones you absolutely need to accomplish by the end of the year. Then use the other one to keep track of the goal of the current month.

 

 

3) SMARTPHONE ALARMS

 

If you ever looked for tips on how to be successful on Youtube, you’ve probably seen videos with titles like “The most effective habits of CEOs” or “Steve Jobs’s morning routine”, etc.

This is not a coincidence, as there’s a really simple reason why some people are more successful than others.

Most successful people have built over the years a system of habits that supports their life and goals and thus, helped them reach success!

We all have 24 hours a day, but some people have gotten far better at using them more efficiently than others.

Of course, everybody’s journey is different, and you may not have a lot of time to dedicate to your dream, but if you really think about it though, you’ll realize you have a fair amount of pleasure time that you could use to work on your dream instead ????

Ok, then what?

Once you’ve found a set of habits that can help you move faster towards your goals, and you know when during the day you should be doing it, you’ll need a way to implement them into your lifestyle!

Personally, setting alarms on my phone has been key to install new good habits and supplant bad ones.

In combination with a daily planner and a whiteboard, they helped get a shit-ton of work done and move along in my journey a lot faster.

My advice is to start implementing one new habit every 2-3 weeks, as psychology studies show that if we try to implant too many new behaviors too fast, you risk getting none right.

What you could do…

 

My advice is to start by thinking about the areas/skills you are most lacking in right now, and then find what habit would help you tackle that problem the most.

For example, if you make trash melodies you could set-up a 1-hour practice session each day at 9 PM.

Or if you are struggling to make dope sounds, you could dedicate your Sunday mornings to sound design and arrangement.

 

Do you see where I’m going with this?

 

I’d also recommend start building habits that keep you healthy and help you better deal with the growing stress a music career brings in, like physical exercise and meditation.

PS: my article here can help you too btw.

Above all just keep believing in yourself and be patient, you’ll get where you want to be ☺️

Dedicated to your success,

Karkille