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Focus your Song Writing Super Powers

Yes, you have song writing super powers…

 

you write songs!

Most people can’t do that… or at least think they can’t.

All musicians have super powers,

we all have many (a future post…)

unfortunately, mine is not focus….

 

Ah, focus… so elusive at times.

 

Like the post photo…

Some things are crystal clear,

other things a little blurry….

Focus your Song Writing Super Powers

 

Wish you could learn how to

focus yourself on demand?

 

Laser focus,

where and when you want…

tune out distractions!

 

How?

 

Start easy:

  • Teach yourself to commit to a task for short bursts
  • Set limits for your attention span, 5 minutes to start
  • Lengthen the bursts as your super power grows
  • Advanced: create a series of short tasks and work uninterrupted for an hour +

 

Don’t manage your time, manage your attention

 

But how do I pay attention?

 

Excellent question!

 

Try this…

 

Action Steps

  • Pick a task, example: brainstorm imagery for the verses
  • Set a timer,use your phone or a $1 countdown timer, 5 minutes
  • Go
  • Work only on your task…
  • Until the timer is done

 

 

Rules

  • No interruptions, stay on task, no other thinking, this gets easier
  • Don’t go do something else, this is only hard at first
  • When you hear distractions: Acknowledge it now, then let it go until the timer ends
  • Return to your task

 

I allow myself <5 word reminders in the margin, when necessary… Ex: pay power bill

 

 

When the timer ends… (this is the key step!)

Your choice:

  • Continue, I want to complete this one now… review task, reset timer, go again
  • Continue, I’m having fun, no timer…I’m in the flow, no where else I need to be… keep going… I will know when I’m done
  • End task, I’m done… choose new task & time limit
  • Break Time, write down what you want to do next, set a timer for a short break,
  • Optional: deal with any distractions, set a timer and fix something (ex: online banking, confirm all bills paid on time)

 

 

Why does it work?

Imminent deadlines prompt intuitive, quick, good decisions.

  • You learn that you don’t have time to second guess your decisions
  • You make decisions because it’s faster to choose than think about it
  • Gets easier the more you practice

Sound familiar?

Practice every day!

Think I’ve heard that somewhere….

 

Bonus Tip

  • 3-5 minute timer to plan today’s writing session
  • choose things to work on, put them in order
  • set your time
  • Go!

 

Do this several days in a row

  • Notice the differences in how you make creative choices.
  • You start to slip into the flow whenever you want!
  • Practice works, it will suddenly get easy.

 

 

Stacking tasks (Advanced)

  • take 5 minutes and create a list of related tasks and put them in order.

 

Listen to this, I have a killer chorus…I’m writing verses today

 

Try each for 5 minutes:

  • Pick a writing prompt, brainstorm key phrases and images
  • Story arc, plan the action and number of verses, plan the emotional journey
  • Imagery based on key words, all senses
  • Synonyms for key words
  • Rhymes for best words so far
  • Phrases with imagery and best words
  • Create couplets (pairs of lines) from phrases and rhymes
  • Choose images and actions for each verse
  • Choose best couplets for each verses
  • Rewrite the verses in pen, add “la la la” where needed

10 x 5 minutes = rough draft for 3 verses in about an hour

 

Try it… Let me hear what you create!

 

Building focus (Advanced)

  • You will learn to stay focused longer
  • You will know how to return to it when you distract yourself
  • Play with the timer, experiment with different times
  • Some tasks take more time, set longer times or break them into chunks
  • Attention span is a variable, not a constant…
  • Some days are better than others….

 

 

Benefits of Focusing you Song Writing Super Powers

  • You make decisions faster and with more confidence
  • You don’t get stuck… you don’t feel stuck
  • Feeling time, you start to notice how time to passes, you will know when time is almost up and finish in time…
  • You get used to realistic goals and set realistic expectations

 

 

Take away

  1. 5 minute timer
  2. How many can you finish?
  3. Go!

 

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For a similar 5 Minute Method to

make you want to write songs everyday:

http://epicsongwriting.com/get-addicted-to-song-writing/

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