It’s that time again! Time to say goodbye to one year, while welcoming in a brand-new 365-day sprint full of endless possibilities. You know what else that means? It’s time to make your New Year’s Resolutions!
I can hear the questions now: “What’s the point? Does anybody ever keep their New Year’s Resolutions?”
Well, sure. If you’re SMART about it…
The reason New Year’s Resolutions have a reputation of falling by the wayside somewhere around mid-January is because many people don’t build in parameters to ensure their success. Sure, we can resolve to “write more songs” and “play more shows,” but those vague proclamations don’t give us any true benchmarks.
That’s where the SMART goal setting philosophy comes in. The acronym SMART stands for:
Specific: Does your goal contain words that will inspire particular actions?
Measurable: Are there metrics/data benchmarks that signify success?
Achievable: Are the goals within your scope, and attainable within the established timeframe?
Relevant: Are your goals relevant to your overall mission?
Time-bound: Do your goals have a specific deadline?
There! Now you’re more empowered to set SMARTer goals than ever before. (See what we did there?)
If you’re looking for some ideas on how to put this philosophy into action, here are a few to get you started.
(For more suggestions, check out our New Year’s Resolutions for Musicians in 2022)
Get out and network at least once per week!
In-person interactions are back in full swing on local music scenes everywhere, and we expect that trend to continue into 2023. All around you – especially in cities and other creative hubs – there are opportunities to network at shows, mixers, and other collaborative industry events.
Don’t let these opportunities pass you by! Make the effort to head out and meet new people. They may inspire new creative ideas, or they may even lead you to new partnerships and musical collaborations.
(As a reminder, you can network 24/7 by signing up for the Muze app and connecting with other musicians in your area. Give it a try!)
Begin at least one new collaborative relationship to begin the year.
This is another SMART goal that you can achieve simply by signing up for Muze, and by adhering to the previous goal. As relationships form and grow, so does the potential for meaningful collaborations that will expand your creative horizons and, perhaps, open you up to even more growth and relationships as time goes on. You never know where a simple co-write or coffee meeting will lead. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there!
Listen to at least one new artist per week.
Make 2023 the year of expanding your musical horizons! Of course, uncovering new collaborations and networking opportunities will go a long way, but there’s something to be said for breaking out the headphones during a quiet night at home and discovering new sounds – especially if it takes you beyond your typical horizons.
There is a vast musical world out there, with countless artists creating meaningful work. Make an effort to consistently make new musical discoveries – they might just help you uncover something new within your own artistry.
Begin the year by working on a new skill.
As we’ve stated many (many, many) times before, being an independent musician in the 21st Century requires a holistic approach to entrepreneurship. The vast majority of us don’t have the luxury of just writing, recording, and performing songs. We also have to manage a business – which includes content marketing, public relations, community outreach, managing budgets, developing products (like merch), and the list goes on.
As you were reading that list, you probably had a good idea (or two) pop into your mind, as far as skills you could stand to develop in 2023. Pick the one that is the highest priority – and perhaps, the most challenging – and get after it to start the year.
Set a schedule – and stick to it!
If you’ve made it this far – and through all of the aforementioned goals – it might seem like you have a lot on your plate. You better stay organized, which means making 2023 the year that you enter everything into a planner, and stick to it as best you can.
That goes further than meetings, co-writes, and gigs. That means maintain as consistent a schedule as possible in your day-to-day life, right down to the time you wake up and go to sleep every day. By focusing on time management, you’ll be aware of everything on the horizon – including the time-bound deadlines you’ve set for your projects!
What SMART goals and New Year’s Resolutions would you add to our list to aid your music career? Let us know in the comments, and share yours with the community when you sign up for Muze!