Why Taking a Break Can Be Your Most Effective Tool
How long has it been since you last had a true day off?
I’m talking no work, no music, no video games. Just you, yourself, relaxing and resting?
If you’re anything like myself, it’s probably been months, if not years! I used to work myself so far into the ground, that it cause severe mental issues.
Taking a break and letting yourself rest is one of the most important and effective tools that you have in your arsenal. So what does that look like, and how do you approach it?
Check out this episode where I take you through the process of why taking a break is important, and how you can start implementing it today!
In this episode you’ll learn:
- What it looks like to take a day off
- Why you should take a day off
- How it can affect you and your creativity
- What a hiatus is
- When you should take a day off
and so much more!
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everyone before we get into today’s episode, I just want to quickly remind you that I’m doing a giveaway for you guys because this show is doing so well. I’m giving one lucky winner a free mixing and mastering lesson. That’s right. We’ll take your fully produce, tracks it in on a zoom session, and I will mix and master your track in front of you. You get to ask me questions. See, my process will record the video. You’ll get that recording so you can check it out, Um, at a later date, whenever you’re mixing and mastering your own track. But I want to give back to you guys. I’m gonna be selecting a winner in June, and you’re probably wondering how you can enter into this contest.
All you have to do is head to apple podcasts, goto electronic dance money rate and review the show, and I’m just looking for a useful review that could be good or bad. One star five star doesn’t matter, but it should be useful to another producer what you learned from this show. What you don’t like fromthe show whatever it is, but a producer should read and go this is for me or this is not for me. And based on one of those useful reviews, you will get selected. So this is happening in June. You’ve still got about two months. Go over there. Great. Review the show. Let me know what you think of it and I’ll be selecting one lucky winner. Thanks so much, guys. I hope you enjoy this episode. Take care. Hey, guys, Welcome to Elektronik. Dance Money. You’re number one business resource for making money as Elektronik musicians and producers. Hey, guys, welcome back to another brand new episode of Elektronik Dance money. I’m your host, Christian Cas Ito And I hope you guys really enjoyed last week’s episode. I thought it was a really good one. I think there was a ton of information in that episode, and I hope you do something with that information because it was a very important topic that needed to be discussed. And I’ve actually continuing the conversation with some other people and trying to get personal finance Maur on the minds of other producers, since it’s a dire subject that you need to know, especially if you’re wanting to run a business as an e t m producer or just be a full time producer. If you’re gonna be a full time producer, you’re going to be running a business. So you need to have good, good personal finances because that will translate into your business finances. So keep that conversation going. Keep it in mind, keep working at that work at your goals for saving money, paying off debt and you’ll be on a good road for success. Whether or not that has to do with production, cause that is a topic that will always be with you. You always need to know how to have good personal financing it will always affect, do you? So what are we going to be talking about today? Well, today is gonna be somewhat of a shorter episode. Uh, just because we’re doing a solo upset in the last one was a little bit long, but the topic for today is gonna be more focused on taking a break and what that can really do for you. And it does couple of different things for you. One you need to be refreshed and be at 100% in order for you to get things done properly. and efficiently. We’re always talking about efficiency in this show, and there’s nothing that’s gonna make you more efficient than when you’re on top of your game. You’re refreshed. You have a good night asleep and you’ve taken some sort of a break. Now this has to do with anything that you really do in life. But especially with something creative, such a CZ being running a business producing music, those air to very creative fields. And you have to be on top of your game, especially if you’re doing things like marketing and promotion. Those are highly creative tasks because you have to be thinking on your feet right now is a good time to be kind of banking Interval Corona virus situation where you could be coming up with creative ways to promote either your twitch stream that you’re doing right now or une e p. That’s coming out of song that that’s coming out. There’s a number of different things that you can be doing that is going to help promote yourself, your artistry and dude and creative way, where you’re mentioning the whole Corona virus situation. But in order to come up with these fresh new and innovative ideas. You have to be on top of your game. You need to rest your mind. You need to rest your body. You need to rejuvenate and make sure you are running at 100%. Now, you can’t run at 100% if you’re not taking a break. If you’re always trying to work and always trying to produce always trying to promote always trying to do something new without ever giving your bodies from time to rest, you’re gonna be working in efficiently and you’re gonna be working on all these tasks all at once. You’re gonna be doing a bad job at a number of things instead of doing a great job at a number of things because you’ve given your body the time and rest that it needs in order for you d toe work efficiently. And you know, a lot of this does have to do with production as well, cause if you aren’t giving your yourself time to rest and relax, you’re going to start blocking off those pathways to your creativity. It’s insane the amount of creativity you can unlock just by taking a day off, which is gonna be the 1st 1 First thing we’re gonna be talking about is just taking a simple day off for me. And I know this isn’t really what it’s called. This is more of a religious thing, and I don’t want to make this about religion at all. But for me, I take a Sabbath every Sunday where I just don’t do anything. I only do rest ful things, and this could be anything for you. It’s just whatever is gonna help you get refreshed and rejuvenate drinking lots of water. If you want to sleep and sleep in, don’t spend as much time on a screen as possible. And if you are using Scream time and let’s say you’re super into video games, don’t play really high stress video games or something that’s gonna exhaust you. Ah, and if if you can’t get around that, then it might be best to just not play any video games at all. I mean, if you’re trying to re rest in rejuvenating and your let’s say, watching movies or watching TV, you wouldn’t watch, Ah, horror movie. You know you wouldn’t watch Texas Chainsaw Massacre if you’re just resting for a day, so that’s not recommended for something like a day off, but it’s important to take this day off. This would include not producing or if you’re running a business running a business, you’re not checking emails. You’re you’re taking a day off. You need to have at least one day off if you’re producing every single day, and you seem the beginning yourself in some sort of creative writer’s block, taking a day off in significantly help you. And it relieves some of that stress of you feel feeling like you have to be working constantly. 24 7 When I was heavily into production in pursuing my producer career, This is something I completely disregarded. I was the person that thought in my head I need to be in the studio every single day. I need to hit my 10,000 hours at some point, and I would sit there and calculate how many hours I would need to work every single day to reach that 10,000. Our goal within five years, three years. And to do that it was exhausting. It sucked. I hated it. I started to resent production, and it started to block the creativity that was inside my head. I stopped being creative, and that brought on a lot of stress factors and created a lot of issues, and it old ultimately ended up leading me to taking a hiatus. I continued this mentality of constantly working. I just transferred it from my production career to now my mixing mastering career, my audio engineering career. I kind of traded the two, and it didn’t cause as much of an issue as the production did because, you know, when I was producing a bunch and didn’t take a break, it caused severe issues for me, resenting music production in songwriting. And it made me not like something that I used to love. But I had something fresh and new. I have this business, so I was in this honeymoon phase of all. I can work at this all day long, every single day, and I enjoy it and it’s fine. I like this, I wonder is, for the rest of my life, well, wasn’t up until probably eight months ago, almost a year, probably about eight months ago when I was having a meeting with one of my business coaches and we were discussing we kind of got into this whole topic of overworking, and I was also seeing my therapist at the time, and we did the math, and I hadn’t taken a day off a true day off where I wasn’t doing. I was not doing anything but resting and relaxing. I didn’t take one of those days. Often, I don’t know how long years it been, I mean years and years and years before since I had one of those days off. So we kind of sat down and we discussed this about how important it is to take a day off and what that means and what that looks like and what can happen from it. And, you know, taking a day off a lot of the times, it’s Ah, there’s a lag in the results that you see. A lot of that has to do with the length in the amount of time that you’ve taken since you had your last day off your true day off. So if you’re like me and it’s been years since you’ve taken a day off and you’re struggling with things like creativity or things just aren’t clicking, you’re not learning right. You’re you’re not as fast or efficient as you want to be. And you haven’t taken a day off in years. As soon as you start taking those days off, it’s gonna take about a month or so for you to really see the results and benefits of those. So if you if you’re thinking right now, if you’re if you’re realizing that you haven’t taken a day off in a while Ah, and you need to start taking one. I understand that it takes a minute for you to really see the results, but the results are drastic. I mean, my my again efficiency. This that’s kind of main topic of this episode as well, is my efficiency was through the roof. My mood was through the roof. It made me love my work even more. And then my creativity just exploded and then exploded to the point where I was wanting to write way more music than I have been in a while. And that create I mean, it just exploded. I have this itch where I needed to start writing music. So I started writing a whole lot more music, and I started to love it more, and I stopped forcing that writing like I was before, which was kind of locking this creativity, and I felt just so much healthier. It’s incredible the changes that can happen just from, you know, taking this one day off the drastic amount of benefit to get from your mental health across the board with kind of everything. You know, your interpersonal relationships with people. The way you react to things is another thing that I really I drastically noticed is I was able to process things a little bit faster and not react as much. You know, I could understand what someone was telling me, especially if they were upset, and I was able to interpret that and process it in a different way than I was before, where I was a little bit more reactive rather than engaged. And trying to come to an understanding. And this is extremely important might be one of the most important things for youto learn as a non entrepreneur. If you’re gonna be in the business space of doing, mixing and mastering or you’re selling things and you’re gonna kind of be talking to and you’re going to be talking to clients, let’s say you’re kind of Let’s say you’re gonna go into that space as a medium producer. Knowing how did not react to things into being gauging with a client who might be upset is gonna set you apart from someone who is a great business owner to someone who’s okay and may not and probably won’t do as well as the great business owner. You’re not taking a day off. You might find yourself in these frustrating situations, and you’re not sure what the answer is. I can tell you right now taking that day off is gonna do wonders for you. More things than probably just about anything else would, Ah, if you’re struggling with a specific situation, you know, and sometimes it does take someone to tell you that it’s okay to take a day off. I know that’s how it was for me. And so I want to make sure I’m that person for you if you’re listening to this and you know you need to take a day off. But it’s hard for you to take a day off and accept it for yourself. It’s okay to take a day off, take a day off. It’s important, and it’s Okay, So I’m telling you now, I’m giving you permission to take a day off. Whether that’s your Sunday Saturday Wednesday, it doesn’t matter what date is. Just take a day off. Rest relax. Sleep in reading, entertaining book. Watch a comedy movie, drink lots of water. Don’t do anything stressful on your body. No working out. Nothing like that. Just relax, Rest rejuvenate. And I promise you, you’re weeks are gonna be 10 times better than they were when you were just constantly working. So the second topic that I want to discuss is something I had mentioned earlier about me taking a hiatus. This is another. This is your second type of break. This is your long term break, and this is something that is also okay to do. It’s scary, it’s stressful. And sometimes you feel like a failure when you do this. But there’s an important thing to keep in mind when you take some sort of hiatus from something, and that’s replacing whatever it is that you’re wanting to do with something healthy and something that’s gonna improve your life. For me, it was I. And you don’t have to leave music. That’s the thing too, if you’re needing to take a break in a hiatus from music production because it’s become so much of a job so stressful and let’s say you’re not necessarily making all of your money from production, Uh, then it’s a little bit easier to do, but for me it was. I replaced it with something healthy, fun, exciting and something I loved, and it was revolved around helping people, and that was starting my business. So I transitioned from music to music, just a different type of area and got more business focused. And this is something you can do is well. If you’re a producer, you’re not making much money from it. It’s become so much of a job because you have forced yourself into it being a job in some a stress factor. It might be time to kind of put it on the back burner for now. Still do it occasionally whenever you get that itch that you’re wanting to write. But what can you focus your time on? That could be more business oriented within music, make you some money so you can go full time and still do what you love for you. That might be just like me. Getting into mixing. Mastering it could be sound design. It could be designing samples. It could be doing lessons. It could be a number of things you could get involved with a music venue, a record label and work for that you can do. There’s so many different facets for you to get involved in within the music industry that you still might love, and you’re still gonna be around the artistry. You’re still gonna be around the craft. You’ll always be able to produce. That information is never going away. Your dog is never going away. You can always come back to it. And that’s the important lesson to learn from this episode is that’s always going to be there. It’s never gonna go away so long as you know it’s still an option you can still go back to and enjoy it. Where it becomes an issue is if you stop loving it, you stop enjoying it. For me, it was I was overworking myself too much. I took it too seriously. I I turned it into a job when it when I wasn’t getting paid for it. My hobby turned into something that I thought I needed to live. Otherwise my whole world was gonna fall apart and I was gonna be a failure because of this I Because of this, it caused major depression, major anxiety. I started to have. I had to start seeing a therapist because of music production. It was that bad. Now what I got out of it, though, was incredible season When I came out at the other side, I’m where I’m at right now. And there’s no other place that I’d rather be than helping out other producers with the issues that I struggled with it. You know, I say it a number of times in this podcast. A lot of the things I talk about today is me talking to my olders my younger self myself five years ago, the things that I wish I would have heard and would have been told If you’re needing to take a hiatus, replace it with something healthy doesn’t have to necessarily make you money, but it should make you happier. It should transition your mindset of thinking that if you don’t do this, you’re gonna be failure in your buck up and you should give up that or put it on the back burner for something that’s gonna make you happier and healthier, just like taking a day off. The drastic differences that come from this is I mean, just a weight lifted off your shoulders once you can accept that, Okay, this is going to be put on the back burner, and it’s not the healthiest thing for me to do right now. Within a week, you just feel better. You’re a lot more relaxed. The anxiety starts to go away, the stress goes away and you’re interacting with people bit more. I know US producers were eased up. I mean, this quarantine stuff might not. That might not be that difficult for you because we’re always locking ourselves away in the studio. If you can get yourself out after taking a hiatus, hang out with some friends, go out a little bit more again. This has drastic effects on your mental state. So you have to understand that these things are okay. They happen if you still want to be involved with music. But the production thing is just so damn stressful for you Find a different business. Rather, you go start a mixing mastering studio. A great resource for that is the six figure home studio podcast, which I highly recommend to any of you guys who want to own a studio or be a studio owner, whether that that’s your bedroom studio. But you’re wanting to run some sort of service or make money off of your studio. That’s a great resource for you. The Graham Cochran show. Another awesome podcast for anyone that’s wanting to be more business focused and create passive income for yourself. You can do this through your studio. You can create passive income. What do I mean by passive income? That’s a product that you designed that you automate the system’s four so it generates money while you sleep. These could be that selling sound packs. If you’re running ads and you’ve got sound pack you’re selling that’s making money while you sleep, so long as your ads are set up properly in your conversion rates on those ads air good. You’re going to be able to make money while you sleep. So those air, I mean, that’s a way for you to be involved in the music industry still work on music but actually make some money from it and take a small hiatus. Learn a new craft, get in something else, and once you feel that itch that you need to scratch, you need to start producing. You don’t know why, but you need to open up a project, right? That’s when you go do that. And that’s when the creativity comes out. And that’s when an insane amount of new content will come from you. A new spark will be lit under you, but it’s important not to overwork yourself too much. Take a break, take a day off. Otherwise, if you don’t take a day off, eventually you’re gonna have to take a hiatus. That’s the natural path that you’re gonna follow. You overwork yourself so much toe where you hate it, and then you leave it for months or years. For me, it was over a year. I think I produced two or three tracks in a year, and that was because I felt an itch, scratched it, and it was good. I enjoyed it, and then I stopped. And now I’m back to producing pretty frequently and writing some of the best stuff I’ve ever written faster. Better so if you don’t take a break. You don’t take a day off. You’re gonna eventually have to take a hiatus because you overwork yourself so much. Some of you might not be in either one of those situations, though this still might be a pretty big just a hobby thing for you to do where you’re only producing once or twice a week. And that’s great. That’s what you’re wanting to do. But I guarantee most of the people listening this podcast. If you’ve listened to every single episode so far, you probably want to be a full time producer. And I’m guessing you’re probably in that group of overworking yourself, feeling like you need to be in the studio every single day. You always need to be writing something new. You always have to be coming up with new ideas and being consistent and just driving yourself into the ground and getting your 10,000 hours and as fast as possible, working seven days a week, a week in this studio, 2 to 4 hours every single day. I can tell you right now that’s a quick way for you to hate what you do and, ah, I have to take a hiatus At some point, I know your limits and enjoy production. Love it. So that is pretty much it. Guys, I really appreciate you checking out this show, as always, had too envious audio dot com slash Episode 25 To check out the show notes joined the Facebook community to group Search it requests to join it. And I will accept that. Like I said at the beginning of the show, you know, if you’re wanting to get some mixing, mastering done specifically a lesson, go ahead and head over to apple podcasts. Look at this show and just give a useful review to another producer that could be good or bad. Does not have to be five stars. It could be one star. Whatever you think is most useful in the show or why someone should listen to or why someone shouldn’t you listen to it? But it should be something useful for another producer that they’re going to read and go. Okay, I think this might be for me or this might not be for me. I’m gonna be picking one lucky winner for that useful review, and we’re going to sit down and do a free mixing. Mastering lesson. That’s gonna be your track. You’re fully produced. Track will sit in a zoom session for three hours, go over entire mix and master of your track. You could tow ask me questions how I do my entire process and learn for me. That’ll be all recorded, and it will get sent to you as well. So you have that for your file. So head over to electronic dance money on Apple podcast rate and review the show, and I can’t wait for the next episode. You guys, hopefully the guests that I’ve been working on, we’re gonna be able to get this show lined up and be able to record. If not, we might just go with another solo up, sir. But if I get these gusts on, next episode is gonna be huge. Thank you guys so much. Good luck. Have fun with production. Take a break if you need to. Don’t get too wrapped up with the whole foreign team and enjoy yourselves. Take care
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