Film Composer’s Time Management
Tight deadlines can be a major factor standing in the way of creativity and always come quicker than you think. It is up to you to develop a strategy to handle such situations as they are very common in the “media world”. Some people practically get paralyzed when being very close to a deadline while others need the pressure to actually have the best ideas.
In any case, time management and discipline is crucial. Even though a deadline might seem very far away, do a calculation right at the beginning of working on this project of how much you have to do each work day to actually hit it. And when you’re calculating, work with realistic numbers as you probably don’t want to work 7 days a week 14 hours a day. As soon as you figured out what speed you need to work at, actually do it! There are no excuses of having a “chilled start” and “Yeah, once I got the material together I will work much faster.” etc. As this is true to a certain degree, it is not suitable as an excuse for not working. Also, note that balancing workload properly is much healthier than hardly working at the beginning of a project and hardly sleeping at the end of it.