Let’s Get SMART: Goal Setting for Creatives and Musicians

With a new year comes New Year’s resolutions. Have you made yours yet? If not, a great alternative is something a little less concrete: goal-setting. Setting goals instead of resolutions leaves you more wiggle room. With a resolution, you feel like you must do it this year or else you’re a failure. Goals are a bit more flexible and much easier to accomplish, especially if you follow the SMART model of goal-setting.

For musicians and creatives, setting SMART goals now is a perfect way to start making things happen in 2019.

What Are SMART Goals?

You know those goals that seem so crazy, so far out of reach? Those are definitely fun to think about, but are they SMART? Overall, SMART goals tend to be more realistic.

While SMART can mean different things for different people, generally you ask yourself these questions when setting goals:

  • Is it Specific?
  • Is it Measurable?
  • Is it Achievable?
  • Is it Relevant?
  • Is it Time-Bound?

These qualities all make up a SMART goal.

When establishing goals – whether it be yearly, monthly, weekly, or daily – it’s easy to fall into the mindset that if you didn’t achieve something by a certain time, you are somehow a failure, but that’s not true! However, by creating SMART goals,

Setting and Achieving SMART Goals

To set and achieve a SMART goal, the first thing you should do is get your journal out (what creative doesn’t have one of these?). For many of us, myself included, writing tasks or goals down make us more likely to actually accomplish them. Your goals will be placed in a physical place, ensuring you won’t forget them when a new idea or thought comes to mind.

Once you have your pen and paper, start thinking. Ask yourself what you most want to accomplish this year and write down everything, no matter how big or small.

Want to write everyday? Add it to the list! Want to record and release a new song by the end of the year? Add it to the list! Want to be known worldwide in 2019? Add it to the list!

Once you’ve compiled your tamest and wildest dreams for the year, think about your list. How crazy is it? Is it too vague? Is it something you’ll be able to accomplish in the mere 12 months the year allows?

Sometimes, we think too big for such a short time frame, so it is important to set realistic goals. While becoming a worldwide sensation, collaborating with a top star, or reaching the top of music charts or best-selling lists are great goals and dreams to have, they might be too big to accomplish in such a short amount of time.

Don’t Give Up on Your Goals

Didn’t accomplish something on your list this year? It’s okay! Let it roll-over onto your 2019 goals!

Do you already use the SMART goals system or do you prefer the classic New Year’s resolutions? What do you hope to achieve in 2019? Let us know!

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