With 2015 coming up so quickly, I have been putting a lot of thought into what my priorities will be in the new year. Of course, intentionality in my marriage and parenting top that list, but being a teacher with my own private studio, I also need to be very intentional about my goals as a teacher and entreprenuer. Even if you don't have your own studio, I believe it's extremely important to create a vision for how to improve yourself as a teacher. Today, I'd like to share some ideas with you.
1. Choose a word
I got this idea from Ali Edwards. Choosing one word as an overarching vision for your year can be a helpful exercise. Ideally, this word will be a thread connecting every area of your life. It can help guide your priorities and your goals, of course, but it is also helpful in guiding your habits and everyday actions. No, you will not be thinking of this word constantly, but post it up on your wall, journal about it, find some way to remind yourself of this little word and it can serve as a great way to see if you're on track with where you want to be.
2. Think big
I have a bucket list for 2015. Every time I think of something I want to do in the next several months, I put it on this list. I know I won't accomplish everything on this list. There's just no way. But I have this really bad habit of not even remembering good ideas I have to begin with, so having one place to record these ideas is just smart. I can check in with this list frequently and plan my smaller projects and everyday habits so they line up with the bigger dreams that I have.
3. Plan small
Take a few of those bucket list ideas and break them down. Figure out what you need to do each month to accomplish a goal. Then break that down even smaller and figure out what you need to do in a week. Then, take that and schedule it into the days of the week ahead of you. The best way to accomplish something big is to break it up into little pieces, taking it one step at a time.
4. Leave time for learning
As someone who runs my own studio, I have to not only be working on my violin playing and teaching skills, but also my business skills. This is true of my personal life as well. I make it a point to never stop learning in all areas of my life. I read books, take online courses, take Suzuki short term teacher training, and attend workshops like the SPA course we are having later in January (only a couple days left to sign up!). You will never know everything there is to know about any one thing, but you can work to know as much as possible about the things that are important to you.
5. Don't forget to look back
This is the one area I struggle with the most. Coming up with ideas, finding books and courses... these are not difficult for me. But after a couple of months, or less, I forget what I wanted to accomplish if I don't look back. Write things down and schedule time to check-in regularly. I'm going to work on making this a habit in 2015.
These are just a few of my ideas for planning out my year. What would you add to this list?