Musicians and GTD
I was wondering if there are any musicians in this forum and how you are applying GTD to learning and performing music. I am well beyond the "learn an instrument" phase. I have been playing guitar for over 20 years and am part of a band that plays out 2-3 times a month on the weekends. We have 50 songs on our set list and are typically learning 3-5 new songs. I am also taking advanced guitar lessons and beginning vocal lessons. I have a small library of other musical instruction material (books, video, magazines) to improve technical aspects of my playing, learn music theory and new styles of music. My musical interests range from the rock cover songs we play in the band, to electric and acoustic blues and jazz.
Even before GTD I was a big list maker and since using GTD for the past 3 years or so, I have been thru a few iterations of integrating my song lists and other musical goals with GTD principles. I have tried treating songs as Projects and breaking things into Next Actions but it seems to get cumbersome in my MS Outlook implementation.
I have read Barry Greenís Inner Game of Music and Jack Grasselís Power Practicing concepts. Each musician/author proposes ways to approach practicing which are compatible with GTD, including goal setting and journaling.
In my latest incarnation I moved my Projects and Next Actions out of Outlook and into Excel Spreedsheets.
Currently I have set up the following lists:
Music Projects Workbook with the following Worksheets
Cover Dolls - Band set list - including our 50 or so songs we perform as well as songs being introduced. I use a status indicator for Learning, Performance, Rehearsal, Someday/Maybe (songs I may suggest)
Misc Songs - Songs I want to learn outside of the band - Jazz and Blues Standard, Obscure Instrumental Guitar music
Lessons - Songs or concepts I am working on in my lesson
I've allowed some soft edges to appear between Misc Songs and Lessons. Meaning songs may move from a lesson into Misc Songs or I may place a Lesson Song in Misc Song List
In this workbook I use keep track of the last day I played a song and the next time I may want to review it; creating a virtual tickler file
Music Projects - Magazine, Book Video - for Instructional Material That I want to play thru and review occasionally
I also have MS Outlook based @Agenda's for both music teachers and band. I have created MS Outlook Project entries as place holders to remind me to review my detailed lists. This is also and entry in my Weekly Review. I've also created 20k, 30k and 40k views of my musical roles and goals.
In trying to work thru this my goal is to create a system that I can trust, is easy to maintain and review, and allows me the greatest flexibility while forcing me to focus on learning new things and reviewing my existing repertoire. I am trying to apply many of the concepts from David's books and cds, a past coaching session with Meg and the discussions on this forum. As Meg and David have suggested I may just need to go up a level or 2 and clarify my roles and goals. From there maybe a "diet" is in order. Some of my discomfort with my system is I do try to take on more than I have time to explore and learn completely. Maybe moving more songs and things to a someday/maybe list would help simplify things and allow me to focus and learn a few songs and concepts more deeply.
If I were to define this research foray into a project and successful outcome it would be to find different perspectives on how to keep current and fresh on playing music and learning new songs and concepts. I would appreciate any comments from others, musician or non-musician