Posts Tagged: productivity


So I have been doing very little the past two weeks.


And I kind of want to hit myself in the head for it. My fellow Umbrella Jewel has gone back to Poland for a while and I just have not busked in about a week and a half and I wrote that song a week and a bit ago but other than that not a whole lot has been done here in Jax land. Personal things, yes, a few. Not much business wise.

I need to kick my own ass in a pretty big way. That or I need to actually schedule time for myself to call the busking line every week or fortnight so that I actually book slots which will most likely mean that I go to them. Next week and the week after should be fine as I have slots booked. In fact just phoned up and booked even more to make sure I actually go to most of them.

I also need to get on my ukulele and properly properly learn some of the songs I’m doing at the Ukelele Cabaret next week. Should be fine but I need to KNOW I’ll be fine! Sigh.

And for some reason the busking thingy will not send me my schedule for next week. Hmph..


So I wasn’t as productive as I’d hoped to be but in a way was more productive? Maybe?

I figured out that there was noooot enough time to do everything so instead simply washed up, showered and instead of going busking dedicated a few hours to the writing and recording of a new song (as shown in previous post)! In a way this is more productive though as it adds to the list of playable material AND I was kind of developing my guitar skills as normally I will go the easy route and strum chords instead of picking even if it was probably quite an easy pattern. So no money made today but progress made for sure. Which is good.


Are we only as productive as we perceive ourselves to be?

Today I woke up at about 10:30am and didn’t do a massive amount other than eat breakfast and have a cup of tea until about 12:30. Then I put Mad Men on, did a body test on Wii Fit and jogged on the spot until Mad Men was done (according to Wii Fit 8500km.. I don’t think so) and then hoovered the bottom floor of my house.

In my brain, this is all quite productive. So I’m in a productive mood. But in reality not much has really been done..although I did combine laziness with sport (aka Mad Men - something I associate with me wasting time - and jogging) which I suppose is something.

I guess it depends how you define productivity. To my mind, it’s getting shit done. While I write this I’m making lunch and eating it. Afterwards I will clean the bathroom and the downstairs toilet, wash up my stuff and have a shower.. which all seems to me to fit into the category of getting shit done. But equally, in terms of my professional progress or whatever, that’s nothing. No shit done.

The plan is to go busking for 4 until 6. Which is productive because it means I’ll be making money.. and maybe, just maybe, someone will approach me with potential work or I’ll gain a new like on Facebook or etc, but equally maybe not in which case I will have made money but ultimately very very little progress career wise.

Of course, you can argue that writing this blog is actually a total waste of time. Which it is, really. But then most things are, potentially. Even pursuing a career in the arts is a waste of time, potentially, or pursuing anything at all. You never really know until you know..and then you know.

I suppose anything that doesn’t involve doing fuck all in your bed, playing shitty games on Facebook or whatever can be seen as productive. Cleaning my house and exercising and eating and stuff aren’t progressing or promoting my career but they are progressing and promoting my good health. Busking is hopefully continuing to improve my general performance ability as well as my guitar aptitude and the balance of playing it at the same time as singing - and of course there is the financial aspect to consider.

Someone once said to me that you should treat unemployment/self employment the way you treat a full-time job. I had a similar mindset when I was unemployed. Ok, so I didn’t always get up early but I had a pretty set routine - get up, again probably do some Wii Fit, go to the library and apply for jobs or sort other things (we didn’t have the internet just yet).. I can’t really remember much else but I did what I could. I think you have to at least have that mindset though, of ‘get shit done’ otherwise you’ll get nothing done and you’ll end up old and very boring.

Anyway, probably time to go do something.