Don't Bug Me Baby!
Last Update: Sep 24, 2022
Hi, WA friends!
The photo in the blog header is an ad that Magna Electronics in Inglewood, California, ran in 1957 to introduce their first guitar amplifier, the Magnatone Troubador, which featured true vibrato.
They also made the guitar in the ad, and they're both rare collector's items. I love the sound of my Magnatone reissue amp!
So, "what does this have to do with anything non-musical," I can hear you saying.
Well, for the past 26 years, I've always made it a priority to spend lots of time with my wife when I'm not working or playing music. Adding WA to the mix has required me to further enhance my organizational skills.
Here are some of the things I do to make it all come together (somehow?).
First, don't try the "don't bug me baby" approach! I can tell from personal experience it doesn't work very well! 😎
1. I get up hours before everyone else, usually at 5 AM or earlier. Even most of the medical people that would "bug" me are still in bed! I use this time to organize my day and play music, being careful not to awaken my wife.
I split my music time up and play throughout the day. Having guitars everywhere throughout the house gives me opportunities for short periods of extra playing time here and there.
You could use this approach for any daily hobby or another indulgence.
2. Having recently sold my medical practice to Care New England, I'm semi-retired, so work has slipped a bit into the background. For those of you with full-time work schedules, I can tell you that my smartphone was my best friend!
3. I still use my smartphone every free moment to get work done, no matter where I am. You can answer emails or WA blog posts, check your website analytics on the GA app, write parts of your next blog article, pay bills online, etc.
You might be surprised how much you can accomplish in these little bits of time by the end of each day!
4. I keep all my time-sensitive appointments in my Google Calendar but prefer not to have every moment of the day accounted for. Fluidity gives me more options to be creative. Create whatever degree of scheduled organization works best for you.
5. Between all that, I manage to get the routine chores done, but I try to assign them a pretty low priority since it's mostly mindless mischief I seem to get myself into.
6. We always have a nice dinner. My wife loves to cook, but I make sure to help in the kitchen and take her out frequently for a relaxing break and a nice meal.
7. Don't forget to add your extended family and friends to the picture. We always make it a point to do this on weekends and holidays!
8. Right about now, it's short-nap time. You might be amazed at how refreshing a 20 or 30-minute rest can be. There's no shame in a nap, so give it a try; it's an Italian thing!
9. Next is WA webinar time, at about 8 PM EST, during which I'm playing guitar again (but listening closely). I'm also thinking about our nightly "movie date" and texting my wife short lists of titles for her consideration.
10. Around midnight is at least one hour of website work, and I manage to get two high-quality articles published a week. Doubling that would be easily doable, but I prefer quality over quantity.
I usually try to get to bed by 1 AM, but 2 AM is not unusual. That's where the power nap comes in handy. I've never required more than 4 or 5 hours of sleep, but you should always get as much as your body requires, and 8 hours/day is much healthier in the long run.
Well, there's a quick look into my crazy musical mind. I hope I have given you some ideas to add more fun and productivity to your daily routine!
Keep on Rockin' 🤘
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