These days the majority of my studio work comes in from clients from all around the world. I work on my own in the studio and often struggle to keep myself on target throughout the day to deliver projects. it's so easy these days for little distractions to pop up in a working day which ultimately wastes my time.
In this article I list 5 time-wasting distractions that I have been guilty of falling foul too. I'm sure many of you have a number of different distractions you fight off each day, I describe such distractions as "Glorious Studio Time Wasters" - please do share yours in the comments below.
1. Kick Pickin'
I usually fall into this trap when I start a new production. Why do I think it's so important to choose the perfect sounding kick drum hit so early on in a session? I seriously have no idea! I'm fully aware of how pointless it is to scroll through hundreds of kick samples but I can never seem to not overindulge myself when the opportunity arises to get the "best" kick sound.
2. Remixing Old Material For No Good Reason
Every so often I will open up an old Pro Tools session to retrieve a particular vocal plug-in chain or guitar amp preset that I feel could fit in a mix I'm working on. When I open up an old session the first thought that pops into my head is "I could do a better mix of that now". A couple of fader throws, hardware inserts & EQ moves later... 30 minutes has flown by pointlessly mixing a song that didn't need the cobwebs blowing off it.
3. Watching Delivery Tracking Maps
I was doing this the other day. Utterly pointless! I didn't even have an expensive piece of studio exotica en route, it was far less tame. I was waiting for a Firewire 400 to 800 cable to be delivered by Amazon, of all things!
4. Fixing Stuff That Isn't Broken
One of the services I offer my clients is a fixed rate mixing service. I charge a one-off flat rate based on a sessions track count. The rate covers a certain amount of hours I know I can mix a song in. If a mix takes me twice as long to complete I earn half as much per hour. More often than not I overshoot the time I allowed myself to mix in because I started fixing pitch and timing in the mix that simply didn't need fixing.
5. Social Media - Ping!
The most glorious studio timewaster of them all is social media. The struggle I have with all social media platforms are not anything to do with the amount of time I spend interacting with it, no, it's when "friends" are tagging me in pictures, instant messaging me etc etc. I've got a good handle on how much time I spend scrolling through social media walls, it just seems I can not control the urge to find out what lays being the red notification dot of pure distraction.
What are your glorious studio time-wasting distractions?