One sign that you may have an over-complicated, and less than minimal, creative set-up, is when you try to create something and spend more time watching YouTube tutorials than creating.
I am currently doing exactly that. I need to reduce the clutter in my creative process. This is particularly relevant in making digital music. It is so easy to overload the computer with plugins and pieces of software that don’t make things easy and simple.
So a new ground rule for me. If I don’t use, or can’t use it easily, then it goes. I don’t have the time to find out how something works, unless, I really, really need it. So far, one piece of software won’t be used, while another is hastily being understood and learnt. Now back to YouTube.