Day 133 Week 20 Q2 Sunday, May 14, 2023

Note the plural, for none of us have a single workflow as we do not have a single work. By definition, creative outliers do not do the same thing every day for years on end. Unless, of course, you simply say as a creative outlier, I always try new things. Is there a single workflow for a multitude of activities? And what is the difference between a workflow, habit, and routine? Are they all the same thing?

No, they are not, but they can begin to converge upon occasion when your desired optimal life is the one you are living. What? You say you are still optimizing the workflow. Well, we all are, constantly, but some of them do work a lot better than others. And these are often the ones in our minds, not our realities.

As both a tool maker and a tool user, over the years, I have often thought I just needed this one tool to make my workflow so significantly better that I would become prolific. I have spent thousands of hours and thousands of dollars pursuing these “wonder tools.”  In fact, I guess I have to admit I am a tool junky. Even when a kid, a trip to the hardware store was often more exciting than the project I was searching for the parts to complete. And then, as a teenager, beginning to fix my own car and later on to fix computers and guitars. Invariably these things I was acquiring tools to fix were also tools. Wait, I was acquiring tools to work on tools? 

Does this sound familiar to any of you? And how often did the new tool result in a new workflow? And how often did the tool exceed your expectations? Often enough to keep searching for tools for me. Well, there is a new tool on the block which threatens or promises to change all of our workflows radically, and that is AI. Except it is not new at all. It is just a new label for a process that has been going on for a long time.

Some of us have actually studied artificial intelligence in college almost fifty years ago. Some of us have even shipped AI products with names like Interval, the world’s first 4th generation language for digital signal processing (DSP). Yeah, I did that frothy years ago, in 1983. So yes, multiple generations of people have worked on or with AI, which absolutely did change our workflows.

This time it feels a little different. AI is now coming of age, and sure, caution is called for, but so is excitement. I don’t know about you, but I am pretty sure that those who embrace AI will outperform those who do not.

You should all be imagining and, yes, even designing changes to your workflows right now. I am very excited about upgrading a piece of music capture and creation software, which is arriving in two days. I fully expect will enhance my music composition process and, yes several of my workflows.