Alright, it’s that time of year when everybody sets goals for what they’ll accomplish in the next year. I’ve never really been one for making tons of goals for the new year, but from time to time I think it’s important to strategize a few realistic objectives.
Because singer-songwriters/DIY musicians wear many hats—composer, sound producer, performer, marketer—setting goals can easily become overwhelming. To combat this, I’m breaking up my several goals into smaller chunks of do-able tasks. Lastly, I’m briefly noting next to each of my goals why I’m doing it to help remind myself when more time passes before I get around to completing it the reason I wanted to do it in the first place—I tend to forget things easily if I don’t write them down!
So here are my musical goals, in all their glory:
1. Find solution to my recording issues so that I can make more sound recordings to boost content available to fans.
2. Upload a YouTube video every two months—at the very least—because consistency is important in engaging and growing a fan base/following and YouTube has become one of the most popular online tools for music discovery.
3. Perform live shows at least every two months because the more practice you get at performing live, the better musician you become and the faster you can grow your following. This has become harder for me to do as I progress through grad school and have less free time, but I’m going to make it more of a priority.
4. Oh, and keep composing more songs!
What goals are you making for the new year? How do you make sure you actually accomplish them?