A new year. A new start. Here are some things to keep in mind for the beginning of the year to make sure your foundation for the rest of it is super strong.
1. Develop A Routine
One of the best ways to stay proactive and aware of what needs to be done on a day to day basis is to set up a daily routine for yourself. As a musician you are self-employed and therefore the pressure to get up at 7am is nil and if you get up at 2pm, there isn’t really anyone to get too angry with you. Set yourself a realistic routine, wake up at what you think is a reasonable time. In your allotted work time make sure you fit in the creative and administrative sides of your career, as well as anything else you think is important for you.
2. Don’t Be Afraid To Experiment
One of the most terrifying things as a musician is to experiment, to not only push the boundaries of what you have done but maybe even of what music has done. Experimentation is what makes music beautiful and progressive, all the music we love today we owe to the people that were willing to be different. If you try something different and it’s completely dreadful and you’re so embarrassed that you want to crawl into your own shoe, relax, nobody ever has to hear it except you. Move on and try again, because when it works, that’s when you’re onto something special.
3. Don’t Forget To Have Fun
Overworking is another pitfall of the self-employed. There is no bell, no co-workers all going for lunch at a set time. It’s just you worrying to yourself that anytime not spent working is wasted time. It’s a noble way to think and your work ethic is very admirable, but you’re no fun! What are you going to write about if you don’t have a life? Meet your friends, go out on dates or see your boy/girlfriend, go and see your Parents and not just so they can do your washing. Give yourself a life to inspire you to write more. Be impulsive, adventure and most importantly have fun, your writing will suffer without it.
4. Set Yourself Targets
Now I know what you’re thinking ‘Time is an illusion and a year is an arbitrary unit to try and give some meaning to a terrified human species’. . . but stop being so cynical! Setting yourself realistic targets to have achieved by the end of the year is a great way of getting yourself to keep on going when you haven’t done enough and to give yourself some hard earned time off when you’re bang on schedule. We would advise though set yourself targets that you yourself can achieve, it’s all very well setting yourself the target of a major deal and sponsorship from Givenchy, but that isn’t really up to you.
5. Exercise For 30 Minutes A Day
Right ok. Fine, maybe this is more general than you would like from a music website but it’s advice thats just too good not to follow. If you do 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise per day you will be happier, more productive, less likely to get MS amongst other things. It’s easy to forget that we are animals and we evolved moving, being athletic and agile so that we could eat, we our built to exercise.
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