What 5 Things Can I Do For My Band TODAY?

Last post, I laid out 10 things to do before the first show. You know what? It freaking overwhelmed me. I re-read it, and I said, “What have I gotten myself into?” There’s no way I can accomplish all that in a short amount of time.

And then I realized, that’s a mistake in thinking. All of those things are highly accomplishable. They’re going to take time, but I thought of a way to easily hit those goals: Do 5 things a day.

Here’s the formula. Wake up. Get a small piece of paper. Write down 5 things I can accomplish today. Not 6 things, just 5. And not 5 large things, 5 easily accomplishable things. If it looks like something will take a long time, break it down into smaller pieces and pick the first step.

Here’s what I’m going to do today:

  1. Open up accounts with YouTube, Twitter, and ReverbNation.
  2. Search Craigslist and The Stranger for musicians for Shiplosion.
  3. Re-publish my ad for musicians on both Craigslist and The Stranger.
  4. Start writing a song for Shiplosion.  (One song a week!)
  5. Go to a metal show tonight and ask around for guitarists and drummers.

I feel if I’m at least doing 5 things a day, I’ll be on my way to achieving that mountain of goals.  And no one else is there to do it for me.  I need myself as my sole inspiration.  If I can only do 4 things successfully per day, I’ll reduce that list.  I’d rather do one thing well instead of 5 things half-ass.

I might also start employing the Pomodoro technique for time management.  Maybe each thing should fit within a 25 minute to one hour max time slot.


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8 Responses to What 5 Things Can I Do For My Band TODAY?

  1. This is a great blog! I am enjoying following your development.

    You mention that the last post overwhelmed you–it overwhelmed me just reading it! My band is about 3 years old, so we have been through many of these things too.

    One thing you might consider is to write posts along the lines of “What I DID today” rather than “What I’m GOING TO DO today”. (http://sivers.org/zipit)

    I find it’s a lot more satisfying to write about what I’ve done, because I can write about the specific things that I ran into, why it took longer than I expected, or how I overcame the challenges.

    Just a thought! Keep up the great work.

    • You have a point. Unfortunately, I don’t have much in the “did” category at the moment. Or at least not much that’s blog-worthy. “Played bass. Went through Craigslist ads. Stared dejectedly into the mirror.” I do hope to have more “did” type of posts with concrete results of the actions I took. That’s more the intention of this blog: to experiment, analyze results, and decide if the experiment was worth it.

      And great Sivers post! I’ve put myself in an awkward situation with this blog. I’m announcing experiments that I will try and the results, so I kinda have to announce my experiments early. But, maybe I won’t announce “all” of them! Heh-heh!

  2. How about now? 🙂

    Did you make a YouTube account, Twitter account? See a metal show and talk to anyone?

    My band has only a few shows left with our current drummer, so we’re also in the phase where we should be talking to people about playing with us. We’ve decided to take a bit of time and just make some recordings ourselves, just me and my bandmate, and to practice our shit to get it tighter. Ideally those will get us in a better spot to be worthy of a really good drummer when we find one.

    • 🙂 Yep, I got the YouTube and Twitter going. Forgot I had already made a Twitter account. I went to the metal show, but didn’t talk to too many people. Ah well. I did get a response from searching Craigslist, though. Not for my main project, Shiplosion, unfortunately. (The guy hates punk.)

      Getting a new drummer sucks. Around Seattle, they are extremely difficult to find, and they’re usually in multiple bands.

      Are you going to use a drum machine when you two rehearse?

      • Yeah, we’re going to use a drum machine for what we’re doing when we practice before we find someone. We’re doing a lot of demo recording now with programmed drum tracks too, and we’re looking at doing a show that way sometime soon.

  3. Hey Chris,

    Great to see you making progress, I’m loving your blog.

    I find that setting commitments works better than setting goals because you can commit to something for a month and see if you got the result you where after.

    So if you are looking for players one of your commitments might be to post up five ads a day.

    If you still did not have people in place at the end of the month you might tweak the commitments.

    I’m not sure that’s a great example but I hope you see what I mean 😉

    Good luck,

    – Chris

    • I agree with you. I’ve been actually considering Tim Ferris’s method for “Dreamlining” as he mentions in his book The 4 Hour Work Week. You set a small number of reasonable goals for a 6 month timeline, but on a daily basis, you only have a small number of commitments that can be successful. He says that your daily commitments must fit on a post-it note. Any more, and you probably won’t be able to focus enough to accomplish them.

      My number one daily commitment is searching for musicians. I need to spend some time and tweek how I’m implementing that commitment, because the results are a bit lacking.

      And I love your blog! I’ve been following it and will be commenting soon.

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