Don’t Try, Do

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“Don’t try, do.

People judge you by your actions, not by your intentions”

I’m not exactly sure where I picked this one up, but we’ve all heard it from multiple sources in multiple ways in our lives.

I have all intentions of doing so many things, and while I may wish to accomplish all of them, in reality I’m only able to do so much.

During my day to day, I’ll come up with or revisit more ideas than I know what to do with. I’ll talk to people about them and get them excited about it too, only to never find the time.

How do I fix this?

Prioritize

Life is short, and as we age the days only seem to get shorter. With so little time to try and do things, we have to get better at scheduling and setting priorities.

If you can’t do everything, do the things that are most important to you and the stamp you want to leave on the world.

It doesn’t matter if it’s important to anyone else, as long as it’s important to you.

Figure out what that is, and work hard at doing your best.

Once you have your priorities set, it’s time to work on scheduling.

Make The Time

Let’s say you want to start a new business or hobby, but your schedule already includes a 9-5 job, family time, exercises, and all of the other things you enjoy about life.

What’s the easiest way to get started?

Make time to start small.

Set aside 1 hour a day, or even per week where you can dedicate your full attention to this ‘priority’. Once that is settled into your schedule, start adding more time.

I remember reading about Tom Morello(guitarist for Rage Against the Machine) when I was first learning how to play the guitar. The article mentioned that he started practicing for 1 hour a day and he was getting better. Then he started practicing 2 hours a day and realized he was progressing even faster. Not long after, he was practicing 8 hours a day and taking his guitar with him everywhere.

It didn’t start out that way, but eventually he ended up building a lifestyle around something he was passionate about, and in doing so, opened up opportunities to become more successful in that world.

The level of success he’s seen isn’t necessarily going to happen for everyone, but if you don’t start somewhere, you increase the chances of failure to 100%.

Look back before you look forward

Once you get started, you definitely want to keep moving forward right? Unless of course it’s not working, or you are not happy, or any number of other things.

This is why I think it’s important to take a step back, and look at your progress.

Review what you’ve accomplished and take a moment to let that sink in.

Feels good doesn’t it?

You went from talking about doing something to actually doing it.

Now that you have a better idea of what it’s going to take to reach your next milestone, you can decide if you want to continue down this path, change the path, or give up and move on to something else.

NOTE: It’s OK to move on to something else. You do not have to stay stuck in something just because you’ve already put time in, consider it an investment in knowledge.

Don’t try, do

You might be naturally talented in some areas of your life, but even so the path to success is a long and tiresome road.

The majority of people are talkers, or at best, triers. Don’t be that, be a doer.

When you look back on your life, you are guaranteed to have some regrets, so prioritize, make time, and go do the things you are really passionate about so they are not on that list.

Ear Worms – Killer Be Killed

Killer-Be-Killed-Killer-Be-KilledSome of my favorite bands are Dillinger Escape Plan, The Mars Volta, and Mastodon.

A while ago I heard that members of these bands were teaming up with Max Cavalera to create a ‘super group’, at the time, unnamed.

Fast forward to last week and I was reminded by a friend of mine that the album had come out… LAST YEAR.

They called the band Killer Be Killed.

That’s right, I’ve been sleeping on this one for a while but I’m back in the game.

This is a really interesting mix of metal and while I don’t think the entire album is on par with anything the individual bands have done on their own, it’s definitely impressive.

Often a supergroup will gather and water down the sounds of each of their respective bands in an effort to coax the mainstream into handing over lots of cash. I’m sure Max had money on his mind, but I can’t tell that it had an effect on the output of this music.

It’s powerful, definitely metal, and the lyrics have a message that wouldn’t normally be found in a ‘mainstream’.

I’m looking forward to the next round of music from these guys already.

If you have more than 3 priorities, you have no priorities.

top3For some time now, I’ve been wanting to start a blog series called Motivation Monday.

In my office, I have a cork board covered in quotes or clips that I’ve come across and have resonated with me. This series is a digital version of that.

I recently celebrated another lap around the sun and in doing so, am ‘motivated’ to get this started.

“If you have more than 3 priorities, you have no priorities” – Maggie Fox CEO Social Media Group

Definition of “priority”:

Something that is more important than other things and that needs to be done or dealt with first.

My ‘list’ of things to do is enormous, so much that I force myself to make lists, and lists of lists in order to keep track of everything.

Between running a web development company, being a working musician, recording artists in my studio, exercise, meals, shows, hangouts, and even resting, it can become overwhelming.

Sometimes I’ll find myself staring at my computer and not knowing what I should be doing(ever done that? even though you have a million things to do?).

Since I run my own business, no one is telling me what to do and when to do it so I have to figure that out for myself. I must prioritize and take care of the most important things that need to be done.

How do I do that?

Make a list! My Top 3

As I mentioned above, I have lists on lists of lists.

In order to prioritize my day to day, I have a single pad of paper that I use to write down my top 3 things for the day.

Typically, I make this list before closing up shop the day before so when I get started in the morning, I can jump right in.

I’ve tried everything from white boards, Windows Notes, Evernote, etc. While these are all helpful in maintaining my overall lists of things to do, what works best for my priorities TODAY is the small note pad in front of my computer.

Can I do more than 3 things in a day?

Absolutely!

Just because something is the highest priority of my day, doesn’t necessarily mean it has to take a long time, it just needs to get done first.

Having my top 3 written down allows me to make sure the more important stuff gets done. Afterward, not only do I feel accomplished, but I’ve made room to take care of whatever is next.

Your top 3 isn’t the be all end all of what you should get done in a day, it’s just a starting point to keep you focused.

Homework

Your homework for this week is to try this every day for 1 week.

Feel free to use paper, your cell phone, and email to yourself, or whatever you will see in the morning.

Either first thing in the morning, or at the end of your day, write down the 3 most important things you need to take care of.

Thanks for reading!

As always, if you have any questions or comments, contact me.

Ear Worms – Blood Drunk Records Presents: “Give it a home: Volume 2″

blooddrunkrecords-giveitahomeThis weeks Ear Worms is the second compilation released by Atlanta label Blood Drunk Records.

Give it a home: Volume 2 showcases a pretty robust mix of generally ‘rock’ music being released recently out of Atlanta.

While the first compilation was really good, this one is a huge step forward both musically and sonically.

Atlanta is completely saturated with bands in every genre to the point that each genre could easily released a 21 band compilation and we still wouldn’t cover everyone. Not many cities can do that right now and it makes me proud.

I’m also proud that my band DAMS made the cut as well. I’m lucky to be apart of such a thriving community and I look forward to staying involved for a long time to come.

This compilation is FREE to download, listen to, and share…so please act accordingly.

Let’s get down to it, click play below!

Ear Worms – Taylor McFerrin – Early Riser

taylormcferinLast week I ran across a blog post that was featuring a single from the upcoming Taylor McFerrin album Early Riser.

The single featured was Already There featuring Robert Glasper and Thundercat… uh.. YES PLEASE

I played that all day until I realized the entire album was just released and available on Spotify. I have not been listening to much else the past 7 days.

Not exactly sure what to categorize this as, but there is heavy influence from Jazz and Left Field Hip Hop…two of my favorite things.

The opening track is still one of my favorites, the way the music creeps up and then the bass drops in gets me hype every time.

The more I listen, the more the album as a whole is growing on me and the more I want to tell everyone about it.

Enjoy!

Ear Worms – MarQ Spekt + Blockhead – SumOfItsParts

JustPlayWitItToday’s Ear Worms comes from a project I had the pleasure of working on via emcee MarQ Spekt and producer Blockhead.

Hip Hop has always been a big part of my life, and I feel blessed that I get to work with such talented people it the industry.

We recorded all vocals at my studio and I did all the mixing for the entire album.

This is only the first single from the album JustPlayWitIt that is coming out July 29th on HiP NOTT Records.

I can honestly say this album is all over the place, and this one single doesn’t nearly represent all that you’ll end up hearing, but it’s a great place to start.

Enjoy!

Ear Worms – Mutoid Man – Helium Head

mutoidmanI recently found out about this band Mutoid Man and their album Helium Head through two sources at once.

Last month I posted the new album from Converge, All we love we leave behind. Turns out the drummer from Converge, Ben Koller, is also the drummer for Mutoid Man.

About that same time, I saw that Sargent House was going to be releasing a new Mutoid Man album in 2015.

I LOVE the drums on that Converge album, so I had to check them out. It was no surprise that the drums on Helium Head were just as intense and hard hitting.

His heavy rhythmic use of toms and overall intensity is pretty much exactly what I want to hear out of drummers.

The other two members of the band are no slackers either, one being an extremely talented sound guy.

Recently I learned that this whole album was recorded live direct to 4 track, and still sounds incredible.

We’ll put them into a Southern Psychedelic Math Metal Blues category, though that hardly describes everything about their music.

Without future banter, here you go..enjoy!
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Ear Worms – Disperse – Living Mirrors

disperseLast Ear Worms for Metal Metal is a band called Disperse and their album Living Mirrors.

The album is thoughtful and musical, while remaining very heavy and rooted in the Metal genre.

As I’ve mentioned before, I prefer singing over screaming, though I appreciate the intensity added by a great screamer. Disperse has a great singer and rarely any screaming. The harmonies are on point and I’ve really enjoyed listening to this album.

Everyone in the band is on their A game for this album, and while they do take it a bit ‘out’ there, I’m hoping their next album is going to be farther out and stretching their musical boundaries.

Bonus, these guys are polish, which is half of my blood line. How many poles does it take to make some awesome music?

I’ll let you get to the music, enjoy!
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