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How to hustle and take back control of your time as a producer

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Written by: Matt Lillywhite

Extremely successful people within the music industry know and understand that swift, decisive action is needed for success to come at exponential rates. After all, the harder (and smarter) you work, the more productive you can be. During this article, we’re going to discuss how you can hustle to be more productive and to ultimately take back control of your time as a music producer.

It certainly goes without saying that if you’re happy with your life and time management skills already, you probably shouldn’t be reading this article. However, if you are looking for ways to be more productive with your time so you can use it more efficiently, keep reading.

Many producers don’t work hard enough compared to the ambitions they have. For example, they make monstrous claims that they’ll get billions of streams and be the next big superstar DJ – yet they watch Netflix for 5 hours a day or carry out other unproductive habits. The truth is that if you have big goals, you need to have the confidence and motivation to actually achieve them in a timely manner.

Of course, there are many ways in which you can hustle to be more efficient with your time. For instance, helping people to expand your network is an incredible way to develop new connections within the music industry. People who are incredible hustlers know that caring, sharing knowledge, and providing value to a community is a great way to find new customers, and people to collaborate with. For example, you could provide solutions in music production groups, network with people from big record labels, and ultimately increase the overall awareness of your artistic brand throughout the music industry.

Despite the weakest people within industries seeing it as a “dog eats dog” environment, the majority of the smart people within the music industry understand that helping each other out is absolutely key to success. Whether it’s on Facebook, Instagram, or any other platform for that matter, consider going through your entire network of friends. By messaging every single person, you will help to maintain relationships, help out some friends and keep your artist brand in the minds of everybody close to you. Karma is practical. Another way to ensure that you are hustling within the music industry is by eliminating any distractions that aren’t necessarily important. Different from the previous method, it simply involves not wasting any time whilst on social media. For example, not scrolling through the news feed or looking at irrelevant meme content.

It’s also worth mentioning that a simple train of focus is absolutely essential to maintaining your hustle. If the work can be done offline, disconnect from your wifi to avoid any communicational distractions such as emails and calls. After all, that’s simply taking time away from what you love doing most: music production.

Improving daily and having high aspirations is also very important. It’s inevitable that you’re not going to go from 0 to 100 within a day. Your expectations need to be realistic. However, by striving to improve every single day, and optimizing every single waking minute of the day, you can ultimately achieve your dreams within a much shorter timeframe. So by thinking big, you can visualize where you want to be within 2,5, or even 10 years, and use that as motivation to focus on your dreams every single day until that goal is fully accomplished within your music career.

The hustle is a defining part of a producers day. It is what separates the successful from those who are not. It ultimately allows people within the music industry to take back control of their time, and become the best version of themselves.



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