It is so easy to get bogged down in the world of promotion, rehearsing, recording, writing or touring. We have a task to accomplish and we put our blinkers on and get on with it… Or so we think so anyway. But did we do the best we could? Probably not and there is nothing wrong with that. There is always room for improvement.
Growing up with undetected dyslexia made for a lot of long talks with my parents about my school work. Let’s face it, I did not do so well 😀 And my parents tried everything to motivate their first born to do better in school. One phrase that I remember so vividly was “all we ask is that you try your best”. Little did I know that this sentence that went pretty much in from one ear and out the other, would become my driving force nearly 30 years later.
When I work hard, which I do for pretty much all the time, you do lose focus and even become complacent from time to time. Instead of being focused and target driven, you start repeating tasks for the sake of doing it. When I notice this happening I know it is time to reflect. It is time to look back at the past few weeks and think did I try my best? Or is there something I could do better?
Sometimes it is well worth loosing a days worth of productivity just to reset and reflect. This will pay off in the long run. Get focused, figure out where you are your most productive and where you are just wasting time. Is checking that Facebook feed ten times a day the best way to utilize your time? Don’t underestimate the power of reflection.
The author J.P. Kallio is a singer songwriter
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