How many hours have you put into your band? Do you know? Like exact hours?
You see, one more thing I learned at Break Out West this year was to track your time. As I sat in on a music managers session the talk was all about how to best manage your time and how to be accountable for it. But as the managers spoke about how important it is for their careers it occurred to me that bands should be doing the same.
Now I know the likelihood of everyone in the band tracking their time is slim but it’s not for everyone in the band. It’s for the person(s) who work overtime on the band. If you’re booking all your shows for your band, track that. If you’re doing publicity for the band, track that. This way you’ll have more data to make better decisions.
It’s not that hard. In fact there’s a bunch of iPhone apps out there to help you out. But at the very least you can have a Google spreadsheet going. A column for the date, a column for the amount of time, a column for what you did. Change it up as you see fit. But this way you will begin to have the real data of where you are spending your time. Data = knowledge. Knowledge = power.