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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...Pt. III.

    Time, and how to take control of it. Part III
    (Concentrate on box number 1)

    By EvO:R founder Charlie Harrelson

    This is now the 3rd part of a multi part series on time management. If you have not read the first two articles I would strongly suggest reading both of them before reading this article.

    The time management series was originally written for musicians but as I present these ideas to business people I realized that my article can help everyone. It all comes down to prioritizing and staying focused.

    The last article I showed you how to decide what is important and what was a distraction by creating 4 boxes. I call these boxes Task Boxes and they look like this:

    Box#1: Important and can't wait
    Box#2: Important but can wait
    Box#3: Not important but can't wait
    Box#4: Not important and can wait

    This article is about Box #1 the box contains items that are Important and can't wait. This is really a simple box to fill. It is what we have scheduled to have done today leaving a few openings for events we did not plan on that will also require our immediate attention. Another name for this box is the to do today box. The day will not be finished until this is done. This box is the most important box that we have, but the other 3 boxes want our attention as well and knowing how to deal with each one will determine how much work you can get done today, tomorrow, and this month.

    Because this series was written with the musicians in mind I will fill box #1 with music related projects that where determined to be completed today.

    Item #1- Contact 5 local clubs and find out what is needed to get your band booked.
    Item #2- Call the studio to confirm that the band has 3 hours reserved for this coming Friday night.
    Item #3- Post show dates and updates on your Facebook or My Space site.
    Item #4- Get 20 CDs ready to mail to distributor.

    At first glance this looks like about 1 hours worth of work. So let's look at the distractions that can cause us problems.

    Item #1- Contact 5 local clubs and find out what is needed to get your band booked.
    Many clubs that feature live music do not open until around 5pm so this project usually gets a late start. Projects that start late get put to the side because other tasks will require your immediate attention and before you know it it's 9pm and you never got around to making those phone calls.

    With todays new technologies you should be able to set reminders for you on your computer or even your cell phone. That way you can be reminded at 4:45pm so you can refocus your attention to those phone calls.

    Item #2- Call the studio to confirm that the band has 3 hours reserved for this coming Friday night.
    Seems simple enough but the simple ones often get overlooked. You called and got a busy signal so you figured you can simply call back in an hour. Whoops, by the end of the day you forgot! Now you haven't confirmed your reservation. This can easily be avoided by having this tasked written down in a day planner. By reviewing your list of things to do you will notice that you did not make contact with the studio.

    Item #3- Post show dates and updates on your Facebook or MySpace site.
    This one is very important because social networking is FREE advertising and your fans need to be up to date. The issue is that once you log to either of the accounts you might have 50 fan comments and the temptation is great to take the time and respond to them. The next thing you know you have spent 3 hours responding to questions and you never posted a single update. Once you realize that this situation is a classic case of Important but can wait you should put this task into box number 2 and get back to it when everything else is completed.

    You could also pass the ball to another band member. Have them responding to all the "add me to your friends list," and other fan comments. You need to stay focused.

    Item #4- Get 20 CDs ready to mail to distributor.
    This is another simply task that gets overlooked because it's simple! Make sure you have the CDs boxed and labeled by 2pm so you can have them at the post office before 3pm. If you can get the CDs shipped before 3pm your package will leave the same day you dropped it off. This saves a day and gets your music posted on the distribution website one day faster.

    I only listed 4 examples above. Many of us actually have 10-20 tasks to get done during the day. To make sure that you are getting every task done you must:
  •  Write every important task down.
  •  Stay focused on completing the tasks you planned for the day.
  •  Don't simply think that you can put one or two off until tomorrow.
  •  Once a task is completed cross it off the list.
    Realize what is important RIGHT NOW and what is a distraction.

    The next article will wrap things up as we cover how to handle boxes # 2,3 and 4.

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


  • 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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