Well, maybe not lazy, but certainly very relaxed. I don’t view this as a bad thing – many people nowadays are constantly stressed out over trivial matters. I’m saving my stress and anger for situations in which they’re actually useful. Even though my life benefits from my attitude, it some times gets slightly in the way of my creative endeavours.
I haven’t written anything on this blog since january, and I don’t make elaborate/”serious” music as often as I’d wish (I’m kind of jealous of the uploading frequency of Owsey, Sorrow and my other SoundCloud friends). Fair enough, my Facebook updates are plentiful and tickle many funnybones, but they’re not really helping towards my goal of writing articles and encouraging music producers to use their imaginations and storytelling abilities.
30 days to change a habit
I read quite a few personal development blogs. These blogs have taught me such an abundance of valuable information I wish had been mandatory in school. Information isn’t of much use unless acted upon though, which as you might guess from the above paragraph happens to me.
Rather than beating myself up for not having more inspiration, I’m simply going to try making creativity a habit. Steve Pavlina has written about his concept of 30 day habit trial periods before, meaning that you simply try the new habit for 30 days, and keep it if you like it, stop it if you don’t.
I touched upon this subject very slightly last autumn, when forcing creativity once. The attempt resulted in a great sounding tune and a good article. It didn’t change my habits very much sadly, but I have gotten more conscious about these things.
I know myself well enough to recognise that this is going to be a difficult challenge, but realistically there isn’t a thing that’s stopping me from achieving it. It’s not necessarily going to be a permanent thing either; I simply want to see what effects doing it for 30 days is going to have.
Like many of history’s great men, I’m going to get up early; more precisely at 06:00. Not just because I read it in an article, but because the past couple of months, I’ve been sleeping in the majority of the week’s days. It really makes me lazy. I often surf the internet in the morning for hours, when I suddenly realise that I did all the important stuff within the first 15-30 minutes.
I like the mornings for writing, and since my blog has been neglected recently, I think this will be a good habit change. Making music is cool when it starts to get dark outside, and I can make strange noises since my flatmates aren’t asleep. I have a checklist in front of me, making sure that I open OpenOffice/Ableton Live every day.
Of course, writing all these nice words is easy. They’re written in a rational state, and we’re all predictably irrational. I hope the accountability from my whopping 32 Facebook fans might help. Laziness might have won the battle, but my insight and persistence is going to win the war.
By the way: Dududududu!
I would appreciate it if you could help spread the word about my latest smash hit “Dududududu”. I recorded myself and a friend at a party, edited the recordings, and made some generic electro house. Before I knew it, I had created a catchy monster, comparable to the likes of Basshunter and Cascada (or for the norwegians, think “Fest hos Mange” or DJ Broiler).