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  •  The EvO:R-Pedia Musicians Tips Section

    Welcome to the EvO:R Tips Section. We call this section EvO:R-Pedia because it is like a complete reference library for Indie musicians...Just about every tip has been used so you won't find false promises and a series of books to buy after reading each tip. This section was put here by musicians so that people that followed can take this knowledge and use it's power.

    Time, and how to take control of it..

    Time, and how to take control of it.
    By EvO:R founder Charlie Harrelson

    How many times per day do we hear the phrase "I just don't have the time?"
    How many times per day are you the one saying it? Time, why do successful people always seem to get things done, while everyone else wonders how they do it?

    The answer is really very simple. You can't stop time, but you can control time.
    The rules are very simple. You have 168 hours every week to work towards your goals. Of that 168 hours how much time will you spend doing nothing? Many people don't realize that they spend almost 2/3rds of this 168 hours doing nothing to reach any goals.

    How do you find out how much time you are losing each week?
    Take an inventory. Just like a business owner that buys a business he/she takes an inventory to see how much inventory they have that is sellable or A stock, and how much would sell if they reduced the price or B stock, and how much they will simply have to throw out because it is useless at any price or D stock.

    Time is the same thing and I'll give you an example.
    Lets look at a person that works a regular 40 hour per week job and works in a band in his/her the spare time.

    Our weekly inventory is 168 hours.
    Lets look at wasted time or D stock.
    10 hours in bed sleeping per night, 2 hours per day watching television, 1 hour per work day at lunch, 1 hour per day commuting to and from work.

    This adds up to 89 hours of non useable inventory or D stock meaning that 1/2 of your life is doing nothing to reach your goals. Of the remaining 77 hours, a percentage of that is nothing but idle wasted time but that will be on a follow up Tips Page.

    How do we salvage this useless inventory is what makes us successful.
    Lets look at how we can generate a huge increase in our time inventory
    and move it from useless D stock to an A or B stock.

  • Sleep
  • , we all have our own needs but most of us can actually work fine on 6 hours per night. If you are sleeping 10 hours and can successfully reduce this to 6 hours you have turned 28 hours of D stock into A or B stock. This is over a full day of new inventory.

  • Television
  • , who cares? This is brain washing junk. Get rid of it, never watch another soap or sitcom again. You will be smarter and have 12 more hours of A or B inventory per week (at least).

  • 1 hour lunch breaks
  • , they are actually 2 1/2 hours and I'll explain.
    One half hour prior to lunch time you are thinking about where you'll go for lunch, and looking around for someone to go with you. After you stand in line for 20 minutes you eat then return to work only to be so full that you can't get back into the swing of things. Now, take that hour and pack a lunch with fruit and vegetables, and pack a drink. While on your own lunch time you can spend it making phone calls, reading notes, making plans for gigs or recording projects, reviewing your goals, etc. Another 5 hours+ of D stock upgraded to at least B inventory, plus you will be more productive on your job and a bit healthier.

  • Commuting
  • , if you live in a large city a 1-2 hour commute to and from work is common. Get a portable tape recorder or be cool and get an MP3 recorder with a mic input and make notes while on the road. Turn the radio off and get productive. Give yourself reminders of events to have ready, ideas to run past the band, or studio engineers, remind yourself of a task that you need to follow up on as soon as you get home or on the way home. How many times do you get home only to forget to do something and have to leave and get it done? Another 5-10 hours of D stock returned to at least B stock.

    Now let us take another inventory.

    6 hours sleep, a couple hours per week of television rather then a couple hours per day making use of your lunch breaks and commute time.

    44 hours of D stock
    124 hours of B or A stock.

    Remember before we took inventory we had 89 hours of D stock. We have added enough time to include a second full time job (lol). Management of time is what separates the winners from the also runs. This is what the successful time management folks have already mastered. If you want to have more time use the examples above. My next session will get into great details on how to make this extra inventory work wonders for you.

    Bend'em Don't Break'em
    Charlie Harrelson
    Founder of EvO:R

    Continue to the next chapter
    Charlie Harrelson is the founder of EvO:R and solo guitarist TL2.
    He's a manufactures representative for a computer chip manufacture, maintains multiple websites, provides guitar tracks for many artists that need something extra in their mix, records his own music, and just opened a guitar kits company.

    Catch his latest CD release TWO today! It is available exclusively from Peacework Music Network.
    Plus, be on the lookout for a couple Tracks Across America CD compilations featuring the guitar work of TL2 along with a number of members of the EvO:R organization.


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