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Creative Productivity Challenge Day 4: Process
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Creative Productivity Challenge Day 4: Process

Explore all the posts from NewMusicBox’s 5-Day Creative Productivity Challenge here.

High standards and a pursuit of the ideal are the hallmarks of any creative practice, but perfectionism can prevent us from appreciating or even achieving extraordinary results. How do we allow for the playful, exploratory, and experimental part of the process as well as for the critical, and analytical part?

What’s your process like and how do expectations factor in?

What tools or approaches help you to “ship” the work—to complete your work and get it out in the world?

We’ll cover:
4 principles for perfectionists

A. Shitty first draft
B. Recognize the process
C. Expectations: who/what are you measuring your work yourself against?
D. String of pearls

Resources for Day 4


I help musicians get unstuck—to get past the obstacles that have prevented them from reaching their potential.  I wrote the book, “Beyond Talent: Creating a Successful Career in Music,” and am a consultant, author, and speaker. In my previous life I directed the Center for Music Entrepreneurship at Manhattan School of Music and ran the career programs at Indiana University and New England Conservatory. Now I’ve gone “rogue,” working with individuals, ensembles, and institutional clients to facilitate change. Check me out at http://AngelaBeeching.com


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