3 Pro Tips To Make The Most Of North American Festival Season

It can be a rough go on the road, and with festival season just around the corner I want to share a few tips and tricks I’ve picked up to help you stay fresh, keep yourself in top spirits and give every single performance your absolute best. 

Here are my Top 3 Pro Tips for Making The Most of The Festival Season!

Balance

The most important thing I’ve learned (from my own experience unfortunately) is that work-life balance isn’t really a thing. I mean, sure, we can juggle a few things around, and from time to time that may work… but if you want to maximize your efficiency and live your best life, I’ve got the ticket:

Invest fully in being present. 

To paraphrase the great Jim Rohn, keep work and play separate. When you’re at work, work. When you’re at play, play. Try not to work while you’re playing, and certainly don’t play while you’re at work. 

Another metaphor I like to use is the waiter at the restaurant… Have you ever seen a server stroll out like they’re from Cirque du Solei? Trying to balance 10 plates in various locations on their body to make one giant trip. All it takes is an unsuspecting child to rip around a corner and bump into the server for the whole 10 plates to come crashing down. It’s a catastrophe waiting to happen. 

If you’re the type to take on the 10 plates, I challenge you to make two trips. Identify the 5 most urgent and important plates and deliver them first. Then, fully invest in the next 5 most urgent and important plates and make sure those get delivered. 

*Hint* The first 2 or 3 plates should be all about you… and we’ll get into that on my next point! Read on!

Take Care of #1

You are the most important person in your life. Fact. Take a look at the airline industry. We’ve all been there for the demo. The oxygen mask drops down and who do you put it on? Gramma? Little JOhnny? Heck no. Love them both, but you’re not much help to them when the plane is going down if you’re not breathing, right? In order to show up for everyone else, you’ve first gotta show up for yourself. Here’s one way to take more control over your life each day:

The Phone-Free Mornings and Evenings Challenge

Social media can be a great use of our energy. It can also drain us of all human existence. Most notably, this new phenomenon known as FOMO (First of Missing Out) has dug its nasty claws into our brains and made dopamine hits, a chemical response that triggers a quick hit of happiness and joy easily accessible and oftentimes subconscious. 

To borrow from Shawn Stevenson, Fitness and Nutrition Expert and Host of The Model Health Podcast, try the Phone-Free Morning and Evening Challenge. Here’s how it works:

1. Take your phone out and turn it off 2 hours before your scheduled bedtime (should be around 8pm so you can get winding down around 10pm on non-performance days)

2. Keep your phone out of your room and off until 9 or 10am the next morning. This allows the first full hour of your day to be yours. You can focus on the schedule you want. 

My preferred morning ritual goes like this: 

Get up with the sun, generally by 7am. I take a moment to the grateful and say some positive affirmations. Get up, let my pooch out, drink a big glass of warm lemon water, get a quick 5-10 minute movement flow in or walk Darwin, boil some water for a morning cup of tea, make a good green based breakfast to fuel my brain juice and creativity. Then I sit down, undistracted and eat. I’m then in an optimal state to read, research or write, whichever I’m feeling. From that point, I’ve taken care of myself and allow for 20 minutes to check the email, make a post or do whatever I want to do to connect to the world. All before 9:00am. Boom. Not bad, eh? 

Removing the distractions like email and social media so you can focus undivided attention on yourself will significantly increase your productivity. Keep your phone away from you while you’re working if you’re really battling this one. You’ll have to consciously break your thought if you want to check in on things, and over time - let’s face it, we’re lazy. We don’t wanna get up to check the phone. It’s only the subconscious “just checks” that erase hours of efficiency from our days. 

Be Okay with Being Okay

I quickly learned that not every day on the road goes perfectly. I’m sure you’ve realized this too.  When you’re stuck on the road, there’s bumps and there’s people that’ll wanna get in your face and make their problems yours and it can go either way. You can stress your butt off, or you can brush it aside and understand that you’re in control of your feelings. Here is one way I’ve gotten much more control over my feelings and thoughts:

Meditate

Yes, I know. The M word can mean a lot of different things. Spooky things. However, for our use today I want to be clear. This comes straight from my upcoming book series, Groovement Rx: The High Performance Prescription for the Modern Music Professional. Meditation is a formal practice of constant observation of the mind. Cannot be forced.

That said, get comfortable just sitting in silence and observing your surroundings. The mind likes to try to distract itself from the uncomfortable, so once you start to incorporate meditation, you’ll allow yourself a freedom to be okay with not thinking about anything in particular. Or you won’t. There are no rules. It’s just a practice. Key word, practice. You should be totally cool with however you handle it, from frustration and anger to happiness or confusion, all emotions are fair game. Everyone should meditate for at least 10 minutes every day. Except for those that don’t time. They should meditate for an hour. 


Try incorporating these little hacks into your life and see what happens. On the road and out of comfort, sticking to these principles will help you rest, remain flexible and adaptable to situations and should, in theory reduce your stress and anxiety of the unknown.

If you have any other tricks up you sleeve, please drop me a line at yo@therockdr.com. I’d love to hear what works for you. If you haven’t yet checked the Artist Lifestyle Check up, please head to my website, therockdr.com and fill it in for a complimentary personalized prescription and while you’re there you can grab a free 21 Day Journal to help you set up a good routine to get the most out of your life!

That’s all for now. Until next time… Stay sweet!

Peace!

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