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?