Daily Job VS Music Career: Balancing Both Of Them
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Having a regular eight hour job already sounds like a productivity sucker and we all know it. Sometimes this itself is too much, let alone focusing on something else once you get home. I know many artists in the making, and I see their struggle in balancing both their music career and their daily job, and this itself isn’t easy at all.
In fact, many times it can get overwhelming and complicated. In order to support your music career sometimes it requires some investing, no matter if that is a new guitar, a new microphone, some new software, so you can’t really just quit your job and hope for the best. Another thing if you put the productivity aside, is the emotional and mental drain your daily job can give you before you get to your music. But don’t get discouraged, because we live in a world full of possibilities, and with some good strategy, things aren’t that impossible. Here are a few things you can do to help yourself:
Organize your time wisely and set your priorities straight
Okay, so you can apply this to literally any other thing you have to do apart from your actual job. And this is very important. The way you organize and manage your time can affect the results of anything you do big time. Keep a straight schedule on what happens when. Whether it is a session in your studio or a gig after work, make sure that you have everything planned beforehand. This is one of the most important things when balancing. Write things down and see how they work for you. Set your hours and try to make it as clear as possible in your head. This way you will get a lot of unnecessary stress off of your shoulders.
Balancing your finances is important as well
If your daily job is the only thing that is supporting your music habits along with all the other costs of being an adult human being with bills to pay and mouth(s) to feed, you should be wise about your budget and where it goes. This way not only that you will prevent yourself from wondering where did all those money go all of a sudden, but you actually even might be able to save some money for the future. Make sure to never forget what your priorities are, as hard as it sometimes is to let go of the idea of getting a new thing for your studio, you have to remind yourself that you need to take it step by step and be responsible.
One thing that you have to be prepared for is the amount of overwhelm you might face. And this is absolutely normal and natural, and it is totally okay to feel this way. But you should remember why you are doing this in the first place and remind yourself of your goal. Make sure to take some time of the day for yourself and for a few moments of reflecting upon the things that you are doing and why you are doing them. Whatever it is that you find as a method of relaxing and letting go of the routine a little bit, you should consider important and give it at least a few minutes of your day.
Use your time wisely
As someone that deals with a few different things (hell, I guess I can even call them jobs) at the same time, I will tell you that you should really appreciate every minute of your day and spend it giving the best you can while you are working on getting things done. When you are at work, you do your thing at work and leave the studio for when you get home. Once you get home, you leave work and you do your thing at the studio. Put a solid wall between these two, cause things can easily get overwhelming.
Take care of yourself and your health
Get enough sleep. Drink enough water. Eat healthy. Socialize enough. Give yourself some air to breathe. Do not forget these things. You need them more than you think you do, and you know it.
All in all…
If there is one thing I learned, it is that it is really about the work ethics you have built. I guarantee you it is not going to be easy and it is not going to always work out the way you imagined. Especially if you are just beginning to try and balance things. But, it is going to be worth it. Never forget why you started this in the first place and always try to be reasonable before anything. Be realistic. Things aren’t as bad as they always seem. It is okay to have your fair share of disappointments and hating your job, but keep your attitude positive. Balancing means proper work ethics, time management and proper care of yourself can do wonders, I can guarantee you that!