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Making decisions faster (for the D.I.Y. Rock Star)

This post loosely accompanies Gab & Jam, 279.

There are times—and reasons—to make decisions quickly for the D.I.Y. Rock Star. If you struggle in indecision sometime, this might give you the motivation to decide quicky.

Inspired by the Accidental Creative Podcast “Closing Doors” episode:

See the episode for the full discussion.

Being CONSTANTLY in brainstorm mode will not get us to actually creating; instead we’ll be thinking about doing.

3 Reasons to make decisions quickly:

1. Helps close the loop (and gets things done)

  • We COULD research forever, but researching is NOT creating, so there comes a time to make a decision and stand by it in order to move forward.

  • “What if” is a great question to ask during the brainstorming session, but eventually you will NEED to make some decisions. Sure, there are infinite parts for your song or 1k sounds on your digital workstation, but until you make some choices, the song will never get written). Eventually, you will need to trust your gut and cut off this prospecting. That’s the first reason why it’s important to know when to “close the loop,” so that you can begin the “finishing” of the thing. Making decisions help make this process easier.

2. Helps others have confidence in your guidance

  • NOONE likes to truck with folks who are constantly flitting from idea to idea; it is confusing—especially if nothing is being created—and it’s all just a bunch of ideas that never seem to come to fruition. –We ALL know folks who are into something new, but have never created anything with the LAST thing they were into. When they ask us if we want to collaborate, we know that it won’t go anywhere—and, worse YET—it won’t get finished—so NOONE will hear it!—so, there’s no motivation, on our part, to be involved.

  • Or worse, if you don’t make decisions fast enough—and often enough—others won’t move on anything, because they know that you’re likely to change your mind five times before the project is over.

3. Helps you NOT second guess yourself

We know that sounds counter-intuitive, but by becoming the kind of person who creates—and doesn’t just talk about creating or is the process of creating—you will realize that moving forward gives you MORE confidence, since it’s actually creating often is one of the prime ways to begin to trust your own instincts. Instead of overthinking one production or one song, make decisions enough to finish the project, and what you learn from DOING, you can incorporate into coming projects. Don’t get stuck by the idea of creating the “perfect” song; instead, just continually try new ideas, techniques, etc., but MAKE something of it until you figure out what works for you.

What about you? Do YOU make decisions quickly?

Did you know that along with putting together our next album, we are working on our first book?

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Here’s what we’re into now:

· One of our videos for our song, “Tell Me What You Want,” is going gangbusters in Vietnam!

· “Faith in Me” on Union 999 Independent Playlist:

· “I Miss You” got picked up for a Spotify Playlist!

· Tom Ray’s Art Podcast:

· “Sugar Fit” on Darkest Corners of the World Podcast S2 E3

· “Flying High” (from “Sugar Fit” album) on Toes in the Sand Playlist

· “Sugar Fit” on his Spotify “Indie: Undiscovered But Brilliant: Vol. 3”

· “Sugar Fit” on No Sugar Radio


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· Basic Recording Studio Setup:

· What to do when real life interrupts your artistic process?

· 7 Strategies for rebounding from creative burnout:

· How to give better interviews (for D.I.Y. Rock Star):

· How to give better live performances:

· How to collaborate better (for D.I.Y. Rock Star):

· How to write quicker, but better (for D.I.Y. Rock Star):

· Should you ever play for free?

· 17 Tips for taking better band photos—ESPECIALLY if you taking them yourself:



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