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How to Stay in Balance over the Summer: 5 Steps for Music Entrepreneurs

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Summer is officially here! For many of us, it means a change in routine and the opportunity to do things that we do not have time to do during the rest of the year. School is out, summer festivals are about to begin, you may be on tour and/or you may have more down time around home. How do you …

Quadrant II Time Management for Musicians: Achieve Your Goals by Focusing on What’s Important

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The life of professional musicians is complicated! Professionally, musicians engage in a wide variety of activities both for creative stimulation and financial stability: Rehearsals Performances Tours Running concert series and festivals Teaching Collaborations Creating new ensembles and ventures Tending to the business side of being a successful musicians That’s just on the professional side.  They also have families and friends, …

Celebrate Your Achievements and Get Over Your Perfectionism

Many high-achievers reach their goals, only to move on to the next one without pausing to reflect on their accomplishments.  Then they wonder why they do not derive satisfaction from their achievements. Often, the reason stems from perfectionism and the voice of your inner critic.Celebrate Your Achievements and Get Over Your Perfectionism

The Music Entrepreneur’s Personal Board of Directors Meets Again: Specific Ways to Get Support and Boost Your Career

A few months ago, I wrote about the first meeting of the personal board of directors of my friend and mentee, a brilliant, talented musician. This young music entrepreneur has assembled a personal board of directors with a wide range of experience: 

•    An internationally famous professional musician
•    A retired business executive
•    A retired media executive
•    Her boyfriend/life partner, also an early-stage professional musician
•    Me, a lawyer, life coach and former arts executive who knows a thing or two about creating career success in the music world

Whereas our first meeting was a general discussion of how our young musician could launch her career, this meeting has a very specific goal:  to provide feedback on her applications to university teaching positions.

Time Management for Music Entrepreneurs: Conquer Your “Overwhelm”

To be a successful musician—or indeed successful in any enterprise—time management and prioritization are essential skills.  Musicians are busy people! It is essential for them to manage their time AND their energy.  And often, things crop up that interfere with smooth time management and create obstacles to career success.  Read what time management challenges the students at the Yale School of Music are facing and how we went about solving them.

Just Say No: Setting Boundaries so that You Can Say YES to Yourself

One of the biggest reasons that we do not have time for ourselves is that we say yes to other people and take on commitments that we really do not enjoy.  Often, it stems from a place of not wanting to disappoint these other people. Learn how to set healthy boundaries and say no to others so that you are saying YES to yourself.

How to Set Priorities – 3 Steps For Taking Control of Your Time

If you are like many people, you are juggling a lot of things: your career or school, creative and personal development activities, your relationships, your health and wellness-not to mention having some fun once in a while! And when you have a lot to do, it is often hard to know what to do first. Moreover, if you spend most of your time in one area like your career or school, you may be feeling out of balance and resenting the fact that that you do not have time for anything else. You start to view time as your enemy and you find that your energy is sapped and your feel even more out of control. The key to getting yourself out of this cycle is to change your relationship to time and learn how to manage yourself around time.