Christmas is Coming, So Get Back to Work
It’s less than a week until Christmas now, and at this point there are plenty of people either ready to put it on cruise control or they already have. In other words, regardless of whether they’re in a cold climate or not, they’re ready to go into hibernation, so to speak, as it relates to putting a priority on rest and relaxation as opposed to keeping things going in their professional lives.
Mind you, in the music business, everyone who was going to book live music for holiday parties and even New Year’s Eve has already solidified those arrangements long ago, so there are little, if any, table scraps at this point, meaning, last-minute bookings you might get.
But, that doesn’t mean you too should be thinking, “Eh, I’ll just pick things back up the first week of January.”
I know somebody whose work ethic always left a lot to be desired and would jump at the chance to use any kind of holiday to take a day (or two or three) off. Don’t be that person.
You know the old expression “the early bird gets the worm”? Well, in this case, it’s that, meaning, the one who kept working, got there “early,” ahead of the others who were waiting until the new year started.
Now let me pause here to say, yes, I’ve seen the Bill Murray movie, “Scrooged.” And yes, I’ve heard people say that when someone dies their last words are never, “I wish I had worked more.” And if you tried to you wouldn’t be the first person to tell me, “But holidays are a time to spend with family.” I get all that. Really.
BUT, when you look around and see others getting opportunities that you wish you had, compare their work ethic to yours. Similarly, were they working during the holidays while you stayed home and caught up on your sleep?
Even if you “only” use the time to get the things done (in your professional career) that you’ve always said you’d do “when you get some time,” do them now. If it’s the difference between feeling accomplished and seeing those tasks finally crossed off your list versus sitting around surfing on your phone, clearly you know which way I strongly encourage you to go.
Heck, maybe this is the time you work on yourself (professionally) and book a private, one-on-one online video consultation with me to talk about 2022 and draw upon the experience I have from the last 15-plus years working with independent artists around the country. Or perhaps you pull the trigger on taking my online course that puts you in a position to get more results with the interviews you do (as a guest on TV, radio, podcasts, etc.).
Write a new song. Film new content for your YouTube channel. Learn that piece of gear that you bought a year ago during lockdown and still haven’t taken out of the box. Update your website. Get in touch with that producer you’ve been wanting to try to work with and book a virtual or in-person meeting. Do something. Just please don’t mail it in and watch “Elf” for the 47th time because you’re punching out until January 3rd.
And this coming Saturday, yes, have yourself a merry little Christmas.
Originally published at https://www.now-hear-this.net.