Do you enjoy thinking about New Year’s resolutions? I’ll be the first to admit I’m not one who usually writes down a list of goals for the year, but this year is different! I want to take my business to the next level, and what better way to do that than by writing down some goals for the upcoming year, and then writing down my action steps that I will take to meet those goals, following those action steps, and achieving my goals! New Year, here I come!
There are several things I plan to do this year that are either extensions of things I started doing this past year, or brand new action items for the upcoming year. Do these items have to start on January 1 to count as your goals for the new year? Absolutely not! These items can be added to your list of goals at any time during the year, and when you’ve worked on many of these goals long enough for them to become healthy habits (I believe it takes about 21 days to develop a new habit), then you’re all set! Yay!
Here are five of my own goals for the upcoming year:
1. Teach my students something new. Playing lead sheets, harmonizing melodies, playing by ear, the Blues, whatever is best for each particular kiddo. I usually do something like this a semester at a time, and do it studio-wide. Last spring, every student in my studio was learning to play the blues, and it was a blast! This year, I don’t know what will be on the drawing board, but it will be fun!
2. Clean out my music collection. Ahem. I still have every piece of sheet music and every book that I collected throughout my 6 years of graduate school, and every assignment I did for my pedagogy and music education classes. I am my mother’s daughter, and I don’t like getting rid of things, because what if I need it later? HOWEVER… My cabinets and shelving are bursting at the seams, and it’s time to do something about that. And I’m on a roll right now with the rest of our home, so why not tackle that project as well?
3. Attend an online workshop. Or two. Or seventeen. I LOVE online workshops! I attended quite a few the past several months, and they helped me answer SO many questions and figure out the best direction for my business. Particularly, when I revamped my website at the end of 2016, I was literally devouring online workshops to help me figure out the best way to do things, and to help me rebrand my business in the most beautiful way possible. Online workshops are fabulous, and I definitely plan to keep that going in the coming year.
4. Learn to use one new form of social media, and use it well. During the last few months, I started learning more about using Instagram. This has become my favorite social media platform, and I definitely plan to keep using it for my business in the coming year. I have a lot to learn, but that’s part of the plan!
5. Learn how to say no. I am such a YES girl and a people pleaser that sometimes I say YES to things because I don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings, or because I might feel obligated (in my own head) to do something I’m not really thrilled to do, or something that doesn’t align with my business goals. When I put this into a business perspective, it really makes me think about why I choose to do the things I do. I’ve learned a lot about how to say NO if something isn’t the RIGHT thing.
If it’s a business task that I’ve been asked to do (an accompanying or performing gig, filling in for another musician, or simply anything teaching or music related), I ask myself:
- Is it going to benefit my business in the longterm? In the short-term? At all?
- Is it in line with how I’m trying to build my business and reputation?
- If I’m on the fence about doing it, will I resent saying YES? (This is a BIG one for me!)
- Is it going to be a fun and beneficial experience, or is it going to add a lot of unnecessary stress to my life?
After I’ve answered the questions, ta-da! I have my answer and can move forward knowing that the decision is in line with my overarching goals.
Ready to tackle your goals for the upcoming year? Are you with me? Let’s go!
I’ve put together a workbook for planning, setting, and achieving your goals, and you can access it by clicking the image below. It includes a brainstorming session, determining your 30-day goals, 90 day goals, 6-month goals, and yearly goals, plus pages where you can create your own action steps to accomplish your goals!
Need some goals to get you started with your brainstorming session? Here are several that might spark some ideas! I’m a musician, so many of the following ideas are music-related, but you get the idea 🙂
- Learn something out of my comfort zone (for musicians, that could include lead sheets, improvising, etc.)
- Take the plunge on something I’ve been hesitant about
- Add a camp into my summer teaching schedule
- Learn to teach Skype or FaceTime lessons
- Revamp my studio policy for the fall
- Sight-read a set amount of music
- Organize my studio resources
- Drink more water
- Exercise more
- Update my website
- Continue learning
- Buy a new outfit that makes me feel amazing
- Attend a conference that I’ve never been to before
- Teach new pieces that I’ve never taught
- Change up my teaching routine
- Incorporate a new app into lessons
- Add some fresh, functional, and fun office supplies to my collection
- Clean off my desk and organize it for the upcoming year
- Use the MultiTimer app (Here’s a fabulous post by Alexandra at Heart Love Always). I recently started using this app, and it has helped me increase my productivity in a TON of ways!
- Be awesome!
What are some of your business goals for the upcoming year? Share them with us by leaving a comment below!
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