The Weekly Batch
March 29, 2013
Brian Hazard in Developing a Strategy, Effective Publicity and Promotion, Harnessing Popularity, Internet Strategies, Resources, & Websites, Marketing Strategies, Music Social Media, Promotion, Social Media, productivity, social media

 

Musicians are expected to be everywhere these days. We’re interacting on social networks, following up on blog comments, keeping our profiles on countless music sites up to date, and checking our stats and analytics with a variety of online tools. It’s enough to make a lifelong indie yearn for a label - one with a marketing department!

Most of these items don’t need to be addressed daily, but they do need to be performed on a regular basis. Tasks that have to be done on a given day, I schedule. Everything else is relegated to The Weekly Batch™ (note: not actually trademarked). I tackle the entire list as a single to-do item on Friday afternoons, when I find it hard to do much of anything else.

Here’s my latest iteration:

1. File Maintenance

2. Mailing List

Export new email addresses from Bandcamp, Earbits, Jango (now called Radio Airplay), ReverbNation, and NoiseTrade, and import them to FanBridge.

To expedite the process, I have the relevant pages of each site bookmarked in a folder. When it’s time to update my mailing list, I select “open in tabs” and work through them sequentially.

3. Weekly Bookmarks

The main event: a 20+ item folder of bookmarks cataloguing my online presence. A to-do list within a to-do list within a to-do list!

Artist Profiles

Analytics

Advertising

Blog Posts

Whether I comment on a running site or the Ableton forums, I bookmark each post to check for replies. If it’s time-sensitive, I’ll subscribe to instant notifications. Otherwise, it can wait until Friday.

4. Evernote

Place any new clippings in their proper notebook. Evernote is my filing cabinet for basically everything: articles, receipts, project notes, contracts, manuals, song ideas, etc.

5. Financial

Review and categorize the week’s financial transactions in Mint.

6. Weekly Review

The framework around which the entire batch was built: a simplified knock-off of a key element of David Allen’s Getting Things Done.

You're all done.

If you choose to roll your own, it will obviously look quite different from mine. But musician or not, we’ve all got files to back up, sites to check in on, financial transactions to review, and goals to define.

As overwhelming as this list appears on the screen, it usually takes me about 40 minutes. I don’t always explore every link, but the beauty of the system is that I won’t forget to.

What do you think? Is this something you’d consider trying for yourself? Would a daily or monthly batch make more sense? Let me know in the comments!

Brian Hazard is a recording artist with seventeen years of experience promoting his ten Color Theory albums. His Passive Promotion blog emphasizes “set it and forget it” methods of music promotion. Brian is also the head mastering engineer and owner of Resonance Mastering in Huntington Beach, California.

Article originally appeared on Music Think Tank (http://www.musicthinktank.com/).
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