Productivity Versus Patience
I work in waves. I can write a ton of songs for a few months then nothing. Boom. Blank. I used to freak out that my creativity was lost and gone forever. Now I know this is just how I used work. I had three “phases” or “modes” of my music process: the touring, the creative and the business. They seem to have weaved in and out of each other, like astrology stars lining up for a good day in love. When I was in touring mode or creative mode, I was never really psyched about booking, making phone calls, sending emails. I noticed that when my touring and creative spurts were over, I would kick it into business high-gear.
I’ve learned to trust these waves of inspiration, and know how to shift my daily schedule to make sure that I am the most productive yet also to tackle each area (creative, touring, business) every day. The biggest thing I’ve implemented in my life that has made a massive difference is to get a plan, make definitive actions, and schedule when those actions will get completed.
Inspiration is not something you wait around for. It’s something you can generate.
That being said, there is also something to be said about patience and giving myself room for results to flow in.