How To Be More Productive Each Day

Jay Carteré | Jay Cartere | How To Be More ProductiveNoting down what you want to get done each day makes you much more productive uno.

Setting clear goals and creating a to-do list of things that I want to accomplish that day helps me make much better use of my time. I used to waste a lot of time just wondering about what I wanted to do next, now all that time is spent productively working towards what I set out to do at the start of the day.

My morning routine goes something like this.

  • Well, the night before I’ll go to sleep 9 hours before I plan to start the day.
  • I’ll set my alarm 8 hours and 30 minutes later than when I go to sleep
  • When I wake up, I’ll spend half an hour on twitter, checking out the latest news, funny pictures and whatever
  • Then I’ll get up, do 30 pull ups and 40 push ups, (I’m trying to work my way back into exercising slowly)
  • After that I’ll put the kettle on and turn on and run a bath
  • After the kettle has done it’s thing I’ll make a cup of coffee and a bowl of oats
  • While eating that bowl of oats, I’ll watch a YouTube video or something – maybe a film review or something educational
  • After that bowl of oats is all in my stomach, I’ll edit my daily post from the previous night and add pictures etc.
  • By the time that’s done my bath will be ready to jump in, so I proceed to do that, get out and brush my teeth
  • Then I’ll wash up any dishes from yesterday
  • And now I’m ready to start tackling the tasks of the day

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Edit it to your liking obviously, but the important part is giving yourself the time to get into the day. When I set an alarm and have to get up when that alarm goes off I feel like I was forced to get up, I feel irritable and worst of all I don’t feel enthusiastic or productive. With this routine, I usually wake up before my alarm and that gives me 30 mins – an hour to stop being drowsy and annoyed at the fact that I can’t sleep anymore.


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If you’ve got a job or have to get into uni, add your journey time and getting dressed time etc. on top of the 9 hours when you set your alarm. Also, wash any dishes after you come home and run your bath as soon as you get out of bed (I’ve got to wait until my boiler heats up kmt). Start going bed earlier to give yourself the time you need to enjoy your day.

Jay Carteré | Jay Cartere | How To Be More ProductiveI started the day by freeing up space on my mac using this app (it’s free so you should grab it if you need it), then I edited the review of Wale’s new album that me and Mike filmed yesterday.

After doing all that, I decided to take an hour break where I watched the listening session of Wale’s new album.

I then ate and watched an episode of catfish before I wrote my post about someone trying to catfish me on Instagram.

And lastly, I sent my EP and all the relevant info to my distributor in order for it to be ready for its release date on the 11th May.

Today I completed everything on my to do list except for mastering and finishing beats. Usually I put 3 daily goals on my to-do list but today I put four and I ended up clearing up space on my mac which wasn’t even part of the plan.

Jay Carteré | Jay Cartere | How To Be More ProductiveI usually add whatever I’ve got leftover to my to-do list for tomorrow, but I might postpone the mastering and finishing beats and instead create 5 more beats by this Saturday, then edit and master them all on Sunday. I feel that splitting up aspects of a project like this makes everything get done much more efficiently.

Hopefully you can apply some of this stuff to your own life and take some value from it. Let me know if it works out or not on Twitter.

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A Day Off… Kinda

I woke up at around 11:30 today. Wooo! a day off kinda | Jay Carteré | Jay Cartere

I’m getting closer and closer to reintegrating myself in society and following the same schedule as most working humans. I had a terrible night’s sleep though, tossing and turning until about 8am, but I didn’t let that stop me from getting out of bed, doing a little exercise and grabbing the day by the balls (no homo).

After my mini workout that consists of a few pull-ups and push-ups, I made myself a cup of coffee and started my day.

The first thing I did today was edit the post I had written the night before, in the midst of this I had to respond to an email from my uni, informing them that my course is simply not worth me going in and I’m better off working from home.

a day off kinda | Jay Carteré | Jay CartereI then decided to treat myself by rolling up a spliff and watching this week’s episode of Better Call Saul; if you’ve watched Breaking Bad you should definitely be watching this show because it’s fucking sick – trust me.

After that I edited and exported the two songs that needed re-mastering before I took time out to listen to the new Wale album again in order to take a couple notes and prepare for the review me and Mike did for it.

After we filmed the review, we recorded a Q&A session that I’m going to release this Friday then I played him all the hot beats I cooked up last week. I also played him the remastered version of my dance EP, whilst making sure to listen hard and check if any changes needed to be made. At this point I think the mastering process is done tbh.

We ended up watching a few interviews on YouTube and stuff, then we played some FIFA 15, but the odds weren’t in my favour so I don’t wanna talk about it. a day off kinda | Jay Carteré | Jay Cartere

I only recorded 2 vids today, so I wasn’t as productive as I wanted to be. However, I’m planning to make it up by working even harder tomorrow and getting more shit done.

Did you get more shit done with your day? Let me know on Twitter.

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My Sleeping Pattern Is Still Fucked

Jay Carteré|Jay cartere|sleeping pattern |In my efforts to sculpt my sleeping pattern into something that resembles that of a human and not a vampire, I left a few aspects of mastering out yesterday in order to complete it today. All I had to do was listen to the project a few times on my speakers and my iPhone, but falling asleep at around 5am and getting up at 2pm didn’t help that much. I ended up spending way too much time soaking in the bath and engaging in conversations that I didn’t have the luxury to spend time on.


I did, however, do a little exercise this morning so that’s a plus.

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I had planned to master and finish beats, and spend two hours writing my book on how to create a song from scratch at home (yes, I’m writing a book, big up to me, bap bap) in addition to completing the tedious mastering process I had begun yesterday.

After finishing eating dinner at 9:17 pm (late as fuck right?) I decided to spend the rest of the day working on my book since it was a bit late to be blasting these sick trap beats out my speakers. I gotta think about Jay Carteré|Jay cartere|sleeping pattern |my neighbours and shit because I am an upstanding member of society, obviously.

I spent about 2 hours and a bit on writing my book. I’ve got the first chapter done now (setting up a home studio) and I’ve outlined the rest of the chapters and sections that I’m going to include.

After that I received some feedback on my project that’s going to require me to revisit the mastering process tomorrow, how fun (!) KMT.

All in all, I had a mediocre day compared to the one I planned, but I did get 2 out of 3 things done. Plus, I did a little extra with the writing shit to make up for my lack of producing, so I’m not too disappointed.

I’m now going to attempt to correct my sleeping pattern once again. I’m going to bed at about 2am and I’m going to try and get up for 10am so I can get the most out of each hour in the day.

What did you do today? Let me know on Twitter. Or, if you didn’t take one step closer to realising your dreams today, use my travels as inspiration and embark on your journey tomorrow.


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Master Your Craft

I got up at 4pm today. My sleeping pattern is a joke, but I don’t find it funny.

Also, this is written on Sunday, so I guess I’m going to be writing these posts one day before they actually come out. So when I upload a post on Tuesday, I’m actually writing about shit that happened on Monday and so forth.

Anyways, today I spent most of the day doing something I don’t enjoy at all.

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Boring mastering stuff

I spent today mastering my EP (here’s a Wikipedia post explaining what mastering is if you don’t know already). I don’t hate all aspects of mastering; I mean it is tedious to continually export a track, add all the relevant plug ins, twiddle the knobs and whatnot, and then realise I fucked up in mixing and now I have to go back and repeat the process. That shit happens again and again and again, but that’s not even the part I hate. The part I hate is having to listen to these songs multiple times whilst devoting all my energy to just sit there and attentively listen. I hate that shit. In fact right now as I’m supposed to be listening attentively, but I’m multitasking by writing this post at the same time. I just hate feeling unproductive.

Some positives did come from my time mastering today though.

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More boring mastering stuff

Listening back to my dance EP, I actually feel proud of myself. I don’t usually take the time to feel proud of my accomplishments tbh. When I make songs or anything, I move on to the next project almost immediately and completely disregard what I’ve done before. I’m always onto the next thing because I want to be successful and that makes me feel guilty if I take a break for too long, but spending time mastering this project, forcing myself to listen to it repeatedly has made me appreciate the amount of work I put into it. I spent about a year writing and producing songs in a genre I hadn’t even thought about previously and I’ve done a pretty good job in my opinion.

I feel as though I can do anything as long as I commit to it and put the time into educating myself on the subject. 3 years ago I would have never thought I’d be able to make a dance song, let alone produce and sing and all of that shit. So that just goes to show you that you can do anything you put your mind to, as long as you set a goal to master your craft and utilise tools like the internet to teach you how.

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You must REALLY like boring pictures of mastering innit

Also, don’t forget to appreciate your successes, no matter how small. Don’t allow yourself to become complacent, but don’t just focus on what you haven’t accomplished – take a little pride in the things you’ve created or instances in which you succeeded at something. If you haven’t had any successes in anything at all, then it’s time for you to start doing shit. You can’t win if you don’t play the game and every failure is just another lesson on how to change things next time.

I’m going to go try and listen back to this project yet again and fix up my sleeping pattern now.

Thanks for reading anyway, I hope I taught you something, entertained you and/or inspired you.

Remember to master your craft. Do more.

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I Want To Inspire You

It’s 6:41 on Easter Sunday and I’m awake.

I want to inspire you

I’m not awake because I just woke up though, I’m awake because I tried to go to sleep in order to get up tomorrow and do some cool shit but a burning thought kept me from drifting off into my magical slumber (no homo).

I was asked a question yesterday that I had never pondered or gave much thought to previously, that question was “What is your lifetime goal”? Before being asked this question my furthest goal into the future was to become financially stable by doing something that I enjoyed (making music) and that was about it, but after receiving this question, my mind opened up to much greater ideas and less selfish goals. I realised that my lifetime goal is to inspire people, to inspire you, reading this post right now. I want to show everyone that it is possible to chase your dreams. I want to show you that you don’t have to live your life working for a company you don’t like, doing shit you’d rather not do.

I want to inspire you

Growing up I had very little encouragement to chase my dreams and make a living doing something I enjoy. My mother, the sweet lady that she is, always conditioned me to go to school and get a job. To this day she still encourages me to get a ‘normal job’ and although I know she means well, these words of encouragement instead highlight her disbelief in what I’ve chosen to do with my life. Many parents frown upon their children pursuing creative careers and I understand that – they have seen no immediate evidence that it can work out and I can’t blame them for being sceptical given the information they have at hand, but I want to be that evidence. I want you to know that you can do anything you want to if you’re focused and you work hard at it.

I half listened to my mum though, I did stay in school and luckily for a brief period I had the opportunity to participate in a mentorship program. I initially was up for it because it meant I could miss lessons and any chance to miss a lesson was a good thing to me, but I was taught many valuable life lessons in those mentoring sessions. I became much more open minded as a result, but there’s a specific phrase that I was taught that I believe still influences me to this day. I was taught that J.O.B was an acronym for Just Over Broke.

Think about it.

I want to inspire you

A  job has you working to build someone else’s dream for a salary that pays your bills and, if you’re lucky, gives you a little extra to spend. That’s just over broke, right?

And I’m in university now so my mum can’t even say I’m a bum.

I do feel like uni wastes a lot of my time that I could be spending on more productive things though. It takes me like 3 hours to get to and from Uni, add another 2 hours for a lesson a day – 4 hours on a long day – that’s 5-7 hours spent on learning something I could of learned at home in 30 minutes. With the internet at my fingertips I don’t even see the point of traditional education establishments anymore, why should I pay you 9k a year when I can find all the information myself at home and I just have to pay Virgin Media £25 a month? Don’t take this as me telling you that you should drop out of uni though, if you wanna be a lawyer or pursue some sort of career that needs a degree then you’re stuck there. I’m not going to drop out of uni either – that student loan is a great tool to help me pursue my music career and give me time to build my businesses. I just want you to know that you have the option to do what you want to do if university is not for you.

I’m gonna make an effort to blog every day from now on (Thank you to Aysh Banaysh for designing my slick new website btw). I want to show you how productive I’ve been so I inspire you to become productive yourself, and on days that I’m not productive I want to force myself to let everyone know I’m being lazy so that I’m ashamed of it and I push myself to do more.

So I hope you follow me on this journey, you can sign up to my mailing list and check the ‘I want to receive blog updates’ box  to get each post in your inbox nice and conveniently if you can’t be bothered to check back here every day or if you just don’t want to miss a post.

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And I hope I’ve inspired you, even a little, to chase your dreams and do more.

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