I had the chance to see Seth Godin live recently. He didn’t disappoint. I’m a fan of his books and speaking and this is one of his sayings that has stuck with me – especially as an entrepreneur.
Being a full time artist or running your own business sounds like fun – you are your own boss. That means you are in control. But it also means trying to complete a never ending to do list.
One thing I’ve implemented over the last few years is more systems to handle work that I have to do repeatedly. I’m often sent messages asking for the exact same thing so creating a standard email response has saved me an incredible amount of time. I can still personalize the response, but the bulk of the work is done for me.
As a result, it frees up more time to focus on what I want to – my art… my rapping, my speaking, my writing, my dreaming.
Take this morning. It’s 8:42 and I’ve already completed five key tasks of the day. Without these systems, I would be spending the whole morning. But now its looking like I’ll be able to work on some music all afternoon.