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Set your goals like dominos!

Tips & Resources by Brent Baxter, Pro Songwriter on January 03, 2018

Prioritize your goals like you’re setting up dominos.

Which of your goals, if you accomplish it, will make it easier to accomplish your OTHER goals? Like toppling dominos, which goal, when accomplished, will help to knock over your next goal, then the next, then the next?

Look at your goals and how they interrelate. Pick the goal which can really kickstart the others, and focus on that goal FIRST.

For example, let's say you have a few goals including "get more sleep," "write more songs," "eat less junk food." These are common goals- especially around New Year's. So, how do we line up these goals like dominos? The big domino to put first might be a new goal "go to bed at 9:30pm." If you go to bed at 9:30pm, you can sleep until 4:30am. That's 7 hours (which is probably more than you're getting now). That helps with the "get more sleep" goal. But what what about your other goals?

Here's where it gets fun.

"Write more songs." Getting up at 4:30am may give you more time to write- in the morning. Of course, it depends on your particular schedule, but let's say it gives you from 4:30am to 6am to write. That's 1 1/2 hours every workday. So over the course of a 5-day workweek, that's 7 1/2 hours of songwriting! That's like one whole workday just for songwriting!

"Eat less junk food." If you're like me, your junk food willpower goes away late at night. I'll do okay all day, then I'll say up too late and WHAMMO... a bag of chips or a bowl of ice cream right before bed. But you can short-circuit that routine with your lead domino- going to bed at 9:30pm. And since you're more likely to eat junk food during the day when you haven't had enough sleep (I can testify to that), getting more sleep also makes it less likely that you'll fall off the wagon during the day.

See how setting the right goal as your lead domino can make it easier for your other goals to fall into place? Take some time today to consider your goals and how you can line them up like dominos. When you do, everything is more likely to fall into place.

God bless,


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