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The Project Management Triangle shows that there’s a direct link between the quality of your work and the amount of time you have to do it. In fact, you’re probably already using it now to help you prioritize your projects.⁠

According to the Project Management Triangle, the overall quality of a project is directly related to its budget, deadlines and scope. It’s commonly shortened to this simple phrase:⁠

Good. Fast. Cheap. Choose two.⁠


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Forcing yourself to work a faster pace than you’re comfortable will almost always result in a lower quality product.⁠

But you should (almost) never sacrifice the quality of your work just to get it done quickly. Even in situations when you’re up against a deadline, it’s always better to take the time to make sure your work sounds as good as it possibly can.⁠

Think of it this way: say you get a call from one of your favorite producers, asking you to mix a song for one of your favorite artists. But here’s the catch—they need the final mix by the end of the day. What do you do? Obviously, this is a big opportunity for you and could mean a lot for your career. But, if you’re not able to deliver a quality product within the time frame, they’re not going to call you back next time.⁠

Oddy Jay

Is it worth it to mix a track for an artist you love if it comes out sounding like trash? No one is going to listen to your mix in the future and say “I know it sounds like garbage, but they only had four hours to mix it!” The listener either likes it, or they don’t. And I would rather spend two weeks working on the best mix of my life for an artist that no one has heard of, than spending an afternoon making a crappy mix for an artist that everyone likes.⁠

Having said that, if you’re spending a week or more (let’s call a week 7 hours broken up across different days) on most of your mixes, you’re probably doing something wrong. If you’re early in your career, you may still be learning the ropes. In that case, it’s more common to spend a week or more mixing (and remixing, and remixing…) a song, as you’re still trying to figure out how things work.⁠

Brought to you by Team ‘Oddy Jay‘ from Lagos, Nigeria

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