Getting the Job Done – Tips to Actually Finish A Project

Do you have trouble cleaning things up? Is your habitat a mess right now? Are you having trouble walking from one end of the room to the other without tripping three times?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might consider applying here.

Just kidding (hopefully), but everyone knows that it’s no fun to live in a messy place. That’s why the good folks at UFYH have created this system of cleaning things up little by little. One task at a time is a lot more manageable than the entire mess. Also, having direction and knowing what to do can really help create motivation and get things done more efficiently.

This is exactly the same mentality that will allow you to become even more productive when it comes to recording, writing, or producing music. Here’s how the system works:

First, you need to get started. If you’re producing, get started by getting a rough worktape recorded. Once you’ve got the project started and saved, you’re well on your way to a completed product.

At the end of each session (whether it was a six hour marathon session or a five minute listen-through), make a list of the goals that you’re going to try to achieve the next time you open up the session. Maybe it’s “record the bass guitar part.” Maybe it’s “listen again to see if the balance is good.” Whatever you want to accomplish, write it down so that when you open the session up again, you already know what you’re going to be working on.

Try to break tasks down into subtasks. For example, don’t put down “record and edit the vocal.” That’s too broad, and there is no way you’ll be able to realistically finish this without taking some kind of break. Maybe “record vocal, comp vocal, tune vocal, print vocal” would be a more appropriate list. This way, you can do manageable tasks and keep yourself on track.

Finally, don’t worry if you get stuck on a task and don’t finish it when you thought you would. A lot of times, getting stuck seems to be the major reason why people never finish projects. If you get stuck, it probably means that your goal was too broad and unattainable. Don’t fear – just break down the goal a little more and add it to the list for next time.

If you follow these tips, I guarantee that you’ll feel more productive and get things done more efficiently. You’ll probably even learn a few things about your own process – what’s easy for you, what takes more time, etc. This information can come in handy when you’re pricing your services for clients!



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