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Episode 130 - Stop Doing Things That Don’t Matter

Thursday, April 20, 2023

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In this episode, Jared shares insights from a Tony Robbins program called "The Time of Your Life" that helps people get more time in their lives to do the things they love, specifically as it applies to their music careers. Jared breaks down the way we spend our time into four categories: unimportant and not urgent, important and urgent, unimportant but urgent, and important but not urgent. He encourages listeners to delegate or not bother with tasks that fall into the unimportant and not urgent category, as well as to identify ways to reduce urgency on tasks that are important and urgent. He emphasizes the importance of spending time doing things that are important but not necessarily urgent, which he calls "the zone," and shares Tony Robbins' recommendation that successful people spend 40-80% of their life in the zone.

Best Quote

"Give yourself permission to not do some things that are both not urgent and not important. And give your self permission to leverage your time and delegate things that don't necessarily need to be done by you. So you can free up your time to do more important things."


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Hey, what's up gigging pros! It's Jared Judge welcome to another episode of The Gigging Musician Podcast.

I just got done with the gym, and was listening to a great session from a Tony Robbins program about, it's called the time of your life, it's how to get more time in your life to do the things that you love. Best thinking about that as it applies to our music careers, of course.

And the cool thing about this session that I just listened to, is that Tony Robbins, he broke down the way that we spend our time like basically the things that we do into four categories.

And it kind of makes a quadrant, on one side of the quadrant, there is important versus not important. So the things that we do are either important or not important. And then there is the axis about urgency.

So there are things that are urgent, and then things that are not urgent. And so those are the two sides of the quadrant, and you kind of match up, you know, you pair up urgency versus importance. And so the lowest level of this is unimportant, and not urgent.

And we all have those tasks that we do that are not urgent, they don't really have a deadline. And they're also not really important. They're not meaningful to our lives or our careers. But we do them anyway.

And what's interesting is he says, you know, don't bother if they're not urgent, and not important. Don't do it, or let somebody else do that for you.

And that's how you get leverage on your life, is by just valuing yourself enough to not do the things that are not important to not urgent, then you also have had the opposite end of the spectrum, you've got the important and the urgent.

So when things are both important and urgent, you have to do those immediately. And they're important, but then meaningful. And, you know, those are, are great tasks to do.

It's good to identify, are we doing things that are important, but is there a way to reduce the urgency on those because we don't always want to have to be doing things urgently, last minute demands on our time, sets the fastest path to burning out and resentment.

And then in the middle, there is the unimportant, but urgent, which are the demands on are time that you know, come up. And they feel really pressing in the moment. But they're actually not that meaningful.

They don't provide fulfillment or move the needle in a large way. And that is another great area to delegate, which is, you know, hiring somebody else to do that for you or asking somebody else to do that for you.

And then the other one in the middle are the important things that are not urgent. And Tony actually, he calls that the zone. He says, you know, if you want to feel juiced about your life, you want to live a good portion of your life, living in the zone, doing things that are important, but not urgent.

These are things that you find personally important, and are important for your music career for your business. And so that is the Zoni.

And he actually, the interesting part is he says that successful people spend 40 to 80% of their life in the zone, doing things that are important, but not necessarily urgent, which, you know, you might wonder why not 100% in the zone.

And he shared a story of one of his friends who went and lived in ballet and decided to just do almost 100 More sciency things in the zone, doing things that are important, with no urgency, or anything like that.

Instead, he was happy for a little while. But then slowly, he started to become unhappy and unfulfilled. Because in our lives, we need a balance of all those things. That's how we maintain the juice and variety in our lives.

And you know, that's kind of a whole another podcast topic is what we need as humans, and how that relates to our music career. Because we get our needs fulfilled in very different ways. But one of those is through variety, and doing constantly things that are just in the zone.

I'm interpreting this, but I feel like that and reduces the variety in your life. So those were the four quadrants of you know where we spend our time, and how you can analyze the things that you're doing based on urgency, like does this need to be done right now? Or can it be done later? And importance is like, does this actually need to be done at all?

And so give yourself permission to not do some things that are both not urgent and not important. And give your self permission to leverage your time and delegate things that don't necessarily need to be done by you.

So you can free up your time to do more important things. I hope that was helpful and yeah check out Tony Robbins very cool stuff very personal development focused so if you're open to it it could change your life and can apply to your music career fast track your success.

Alright, thanks for listening to another episode of The Gigging Musician Podcast. Remember, "You are one gig away!".

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