One of the most important components to reaching any songwriting goal is to know exactly what you’d like to achieve. Here is a songwriter goal-setting worksheet that I like to use to help me focus on where I am going…
As you set your goals, be sure that each one is something that you can measure. Goals like these can be measured:
1) Write one more song each week than I’m writing now. If you set a goal for how many songs you want to write each week, you can easily see if you are meeting your goal.
2) Call or e-mail two industry contacts that I have but haven’t been in regular touch with this month. It’s important to stay in touch with people who like your music. If a publisher, artist, or other industry person has shown an interest, touch base with them once a month or so to let them know what you are doing now.
3) Ask three people to co-write in the next month. If you are new to co-writing, a great book to prepare yourself is The Songwriter’s Guide To Mastering Co-writing. Continually bringing in new co-writers ensures that your network is constantly expanding. Every co-writer exposes your music to a whole new circle of people.
4) Post two new songs for feedback on the forum this week. Getting and giving feedback is one of the best ways to improve your writing.
5) Practice your primary instrument for 30 minutes each day. Getting better at one aspect of writing makes you better overall.
6) Join an online songwriting community this month like SongTown.com. A key feature in SongTown, besides 800+ pro videos, is the site’s progress tracker. This tracker is extremely helpful in holding you accountable to your songwriter goal setting worksheet.
To get the most out of your songwriter goal-setting worksheet, avoid goals like these:
1) Improve my writing. (How do you judge that?)
2) Get better at guitar
3) Meet more people
If you are so inclined, share some of your songwriting goals for this year in the comment section! Write on!