For a lot of us, the summer is a time when work is not flowing quite as abundantly as it usually is during the year. If this is true for you, here’s five ideas for summer projects that will ensure you are taking full advantage of your downtime while you have it!
1) Get Organized.
Are you guilty of having piles of papers scattered around your home in various places? This system works great – until you actually need to find something. So: get on down to your local Staples (or OfficeMax if you will), buy yourself a portable filing cabinet or plastic crate and some hanging folders, and start organizing! I did this a few summers ago and could not believe what a load it took off my mind.
2) Update Your Press Materials.
Now is the perfect time to get your resume, artist bio, photos, and other promotional items up-to-date. And when you’re done, make sure your website and other online ventures reflect all the changes you’ve made. Your fans will thank you!
3) Jump on the Social Media Bandwagon.
So you’ve been putting off starting a Facebook fan page/Twitter account/Linkedin profile because it’s just too … overwhelming? If you’re having some downtime this summer, it might be a good chance to bite the bullet and get social. To get you started, here’s eight tips for entering the social media realm from an artist who gets it.
4) Learn Something NEW.
Pick up an instrument unfamiliar to you. Start learning a new language. Learn to dance, or paint, or sew. As artists, we often forget that it’s our experiences OUTSIDE of our chosen art that give us a fresh perspective and inspire us for all that we do. The summer can be a great time to expand your mind with a new skill or two.
5) Create a Five-Year-Plan.
The other day I was riding home on the subway with a friend when I mentioned to her that I was feeling somewhat aimless with my music. She simply asked me “Do you have a five year plan?” and I confessed that I did not. “Well,” she said “now you have something to do!” And right she was. Think about where you want to BE in five years, and come up with steps you can take to start getting there!