Thursday, September 14, 2017

G is for Goals

For this A-Z Blogging Challenge post, I’m returning to the Work Smarter, Not Harder series and talking about setting professional goals.

In my 10 Ways for Music Therapists to Start the Year Off Right post, I included the tip to set professional goals. For me, this helps to stave off burn-out, ramp up my creativity, as well as make sure I continue to grow and develop as a music therapist.

The key with goals is to make them measurable and attainable, and to schedule time to work on them. Also, actually writing them down makes a difference.

Here are my professional goals for 2015:

  1. Read Music-Centered Music Therapy, by Ken Aigen. I would like to finish this book before September. There are 14 chapters and so far, I’ve been posting one chapter a month. There are 5 months until September, so that means I need to read 2 chapters per month. In order to reach this goal, I’ll need to schedule two posts per month plus time to read the chapters. If I read for 15 minutes per day, I think I can reach this goal. So I’ll schedule some reading time for 15 minutes after breakfast, while my kid plays in his room.
  2. Write a blog post 2-3 times per week and a newsletter each month. This goal came about after ditching my perfectionism. Last year, I rarely posted because I “didn’t have time to do it right.” Not posting didn’t help me be the music therapist I wanted to be, so I had to change my thoughts about this site. To meet this goal, I plan out my editorial calendar for the next month around the 3rd week of each month. Except for April, where I decided to join this blogging challenge on a whim…. I decided to post on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays when I didn’t have a show scheduled. On Mondays, I alternate between a Mommy post and a Music Therapy post. On Wednesdays, I alternate between Wellness and show announcement posts. On Fridays, I post a Work Smarter post on weeks I don’t have a show. And 1-2 days each month are reserved for Virtual Book Club. Then I adjusted my routine to allow me some time to write.
  3. Stop being a perfectionist. Ok, so this one isn’t measurable, as is. But I did decide that I could cut myself some slack and not be so rigid. So I have a plan and a schedule and some goals each week (smaller goals that will help me attain my goals for the year), but if something starts not being fun for me, I won’t do it. My marketing plan for my coaching business isn’t fully developed, but I’m still getting a couple of clients and I get a lot out of helping them. Broadcasting at conferences stopped being fun for me, so I didn’t do a live show at the SWAMTA conference. I didn’t have a plan for this blogging challenge and even started it a day late, but I decided I’d just try it anyway. We’re 4 months into the year and I’m just now writing about goals! In my perfectionism, I could have skipped this post, since we all know goals are set in January for the year. But who would that help? And who says we can’t set goals whenever we feel like it?

What professional goals have you set for yourself this year? If you’d like some help setting and attaining your goals, I do have a coaching program to help you Work Smarter, Not Harder. You can even earn CMTEs for it. Just contact me and let me know you’re interested and I’ll send you the details.


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