My New Years Resolution

Almost everything that I’ve ever read about personal goals is dismissive about New Years resolutions. According to some, the practice embodies everything wrong about setting goals: it’s infrequent, it’s high stress and it doesnt have any mechanism for assessing your progress. It’s basically the worst.

Well, I don’t agree. I think every opportunity to think about improving yourself is worth taking. Especially if that opportunity is accompanied by drinking too much champagne and trying to make out with everyone in sight.

So, here goes: This year, I resolve to do less.

And no, this does not mean that Im going to start living in a Snuggie and watching Jersey Shore reruns.

Like you, I consider myself a pretty creative person by nature. I am always dreaming up new schemes or projects and about 1/16 of those get realized.

So, for me, coming up with new ideas is not the problem. Thank God.

My problem comes at the next phase. Either I start a project and never see it to completion. Or, I start a project and don’t accurately estimate how much time it’s going to take. Either way, it wastes time and causes stress.

This is an easy trap to fall into as an electronic musician. Because what we do is creative, it tends to be conceptually amorphous. Because what we do is digital, it can tend to take up an unforseeable amount of time.

My resolution, then, is to limit the amount of things that I actually DO. That way, I can commit 100% to the task at hand.

Of course, this requires some specific actions…ones that I’ll be happy to share with you in a future post!

So tell me, what are your New Years resolutions?

2 Responses to “My New Years Resolution”

  1. Mark January 4, 2012 at 12:50 am #

    I couldn’t agree with you more. Every year I say to myself the same thing as a new year’s resolution…”I need to put more into my music and completing projects.” The ideas come and go, but the end result remains the same; still trying to figure out what the best idea will be with the least amount of time to get it done! Thus…nothing ever gets completed as a whole! My mind goes like the speed of light, which, as a result, is a lovely case of ADD! So my resolution is to slow down, follow through, and start doing what I love instead of thinking about it.

  2. Navarre January 5, 2012 at 8:50 pm #

    Samesies. Too many ideas and too little time to carry all of them to term.

    My own main production goals this year are conceptual. 1) learn when to stop adding things to a song. Sometimes I’ll be working on something, sounds dope, but what’s it missing? A lot of times, it’s nothing and I’m just train-wrecking my project by adding stuff.

    Related to this is 2) get better at not trying to mash my music into someone else’s mold. Sometimes I’ll think a track I made sounds dope, but I listen to another song and think, “Maybe I should do some of that in my tune…” It often ends in wasted time and making a good tune sound dumb; occasionally I learn a new technique. I got better at restraining myself as 2011 drew to a close, but in 2012 I will master the art of hearing and developing my music as my music, not as some other person’s music. Half the time what producers make is a product of their tools, and I will probably never have the exact same tools, nor the same sound. I can study and learn from other people’s music, but I’ll only ever be satisfied with what I make by striving not towards someone else’s sound, but towards my own.

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