Productivity Methods of…Rock Stars?

Alas, poor rockers – they might as well be writers. Um, what happened to fooling around? To parties and drugs and sex? Huh? Huh?

modernbandby Mihir Patkar

Beyond the sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll, musicians work their butts off. What you see on stage or hear on your iPod is a distillation of years of hard work. Naturally, they have a lot of lessons we can all learn from to be more productive. Here are a few.

Don’t Try to Live Up to a Great Project, Just Do the Next Task

-Mick Jagger, The Rolling Stones

You work hard, you ace that project, you earn plaudits and promotions. What’s next? A huge success comes with its own pressure of living up to those standards, of meeting those high expectations. In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Jagger’s advice is to forget about the success and just do the next job:

RS: Did you think “Satisfaction” would become the number one pop song of this era as it has?

Jagger: No, not at all.

RS: Did you think about the problem of writing a song to follow it?

Jagger: No, I didn’t give a f***. We knew it wouldn’t be as good but so what.

The advice, as its core, is as simple as “just do it.” But it’s Jagger’s reasoning that makes it worth listening to. A huge success is hard to replicate in back-to-back scenarios, and that’s okay. You don’t have to try to live up to your past, all you need to do is take the next step.

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