Since Wednesday (two days ago), I've boughten the Film & Television Music Guide by Ritch Esra and Stephen Trumbull at www.musicregistry.com for $100.  I spent some time last night perusing it and I'm impressed. I think it's worth the money.  Tons of contacts for Music Supervisors, Publishers, Recording Studios, etc.  I should be set to go.  I also spent some time this morning crafting an email that I can send to people looking for music, such as music supervisors, music placement companies and movie trailer companies.  I need to spend some more time on it, but here's the thing.  All this stuff takes time.  I have very little time.  If I can make this work on the little time I have to work on it, then anyone can do it. 

That means I have to be very careful to carve out some time in my life, and then spend that time working on the very few and essential things that will have the greatest impact in achieving my goals.  For example,
the other day I went on my other website, www.ihatedavegrohl.com, to make a quick update.  Then while I was there, I thought, "You know, I don't really need that introduction page, I can incorporate what that says right on the blog page."  Then, I spent another 20 minutes re-configuring something, that in the long run is nice, but it didn't further my immediate goals any.  It is so easy to get sucked into the non-essential.  Instead, I find that it helps to write down these ideas as they come to me on my list of things to do (if you don't have one, make one: all you need is a piece of paper and a pen).  Then, I can review the list for the day and decide which things to do, limited to the one to three essential tasks first.  Then when I have my 30 minutes or hour to focus on my goals, I can get in, do those tasks and get out (hopefully without getting distracted, which is a struggle).

It may be interesting to you (maybe not) to outline my week simply.  I work an 8 - 5 job.  So I've started getting up at 5:30am.  Because of some other commitments, I have to leave the house at 7:20am.  That should give me an hour and half to have some quiet time to myself and get some things done. However, I'm a snooze pusher so I waste 10 minutes there.  This morning I had to shovel the driveway, which cost another 15 - 20 minutes.  Anyway, I usually end up with about 30 - 40 minutes in the morning to get work done. 

I go to work, come home and spend time with my family.  There usually is not time to get much done before bed, which I am trying to get to earlier.  Usually by 10pm.  I need eight hours of sleep, so this is stretching it.  But sacrifices must be made.

Long story short, I had commitments, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights, with the only night free being last night (Thursday).  If I don't make time in the morning, then most likely it is not going to happen.  Therefore, I need to focus on those few things I know have the potential of reaping the greatest gains.  So today, I wrote that email.  Now it's lunchtime and I'm writing this.  So little by little, I'm making headway. 

I read the book "Crush It" recently by Gary Vanerchuk.  He says to work on your stuff for six hours a day (9pm - 3am is what he recommended).  Sorry dude, I wouldn't last a week.  I know my life is too busy, with too many commitments, but it's what I have to live with for now and what I have to work with.
8/15/2017 11:35:14 pm

Gary Vanerchuk wrote a perfect book that should be read by all people who are spending their lives working. While it is important for us to have a job, we shouldn't give all our time for there are still other factors of life. The book is encouraging us to live a life that we want without giving up our way of living. It's very ideal for all of us! You have to have a balance life, and how you will make it possible lies on your decision!

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