Every Home Studio Owner Needs One of These

It doesn’t matter if your home studio is a simple interface and laptop or a full blown project studio setup.

If you don’t do this, you’re missing out.

You don’t need any specific piece of gear or even skill level to achieve this. And once you do, you’ll start being more and more productive in your home studio.

You need a deadline. Here’s how to set one up and make sure it works:

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The first step to creating a realistic deadline is to decide what you’d like to get done. I would recommend starting small for your first attempt – maybe “record and finish a song” could be a good deadline.

This is the most important step, because you will be forced to realize what you actually are working toward. If you’ve never articulated it this way, you won’t have as clear an idea of what you’re trying to do.

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This is the obvious next step to setting a deadline in your studio – decide when the project needs to be done. Let’s say you want to record a single song. Give yourself 14 days to do it. “On (fill in 14 days later date here), I will have recorded and completed a song.” That’s a good way to set your deadline.

But what people forget is that there is a third and extremely important step in making sure your deadlines are actually met.

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You need a detailed plan of attack so that you know how and when it will get done. If you give yourself 14 days, decide that on the 3rd day, you’ll record the drums. On the 5th day, you’re going to record all of the bass and guitars.

Set this up for every single stage of the process. If you’ve found that your original deadline might not be accurate and that you’ll need more time, revise your deadline. Don’t push yourself for arbitrary reasons, make sure you’re giving yourself enough time to get a quality project done.

Those are the three steps to success with deadlines. Telling others about them as well can really help create a sense of “responsibility” to finish what you have set out to do.

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