System #3 to Help You Always Make Time for Songwriting – Seeking Accountability
In a world where time is a precious commodity, finding ways to make time for songwriting can be a constant struggle. Plenty of songwriters have told us how they lack the discipline to stick to a schedule. In this article, we’ll discuss how you can solve this problem and eliminate your reliance on willpower.
This article is a summarised transcript of the final part in our video “How to Always Make Time for Songwriting – 3 Simple Systems”. Click here to watch the video for more details, explanations and examples.
How and Why You Should Seek Accountability
Relying solely on willpower is fallible and often inadequate when it comes to consistently dedicating time to creative projects. You can get around this by seeking accountability for yourself by joining a songwriting group or course.
As an example of how well this works, around 2 years ago, I was commissioned to write an album of songs for a Penguin Random House audiobook. I had to write and record a total of 8 songs throughout a 12-month period. This meant that I had very strict deadlines that I had to adhere to.
So, I joined a songwriting group to help me with accountability, and as a result, I successfully finished the project. This is just one example of how seeking accountability can really help you make time for songwriting.
Another thing that helped me meet my deadlines was a Song Map. Click here to get a free Song Map Template which can help you collect and organise your song ideas:
The Benefits of a Songwriting Group
The first benefit of a songwriting group is that it provides you with a deadline. For example, in the songwriting group that I run, there’s a new prompt every two weeks, as well as a new deadline. So, there’s a limited amount of time for you to write a song. When you’re forced to work with a deadline, the pressure to meet it can help encourage productivity.
In addition, a songwriting group provides you with a cohort of people to work with, and who can hold you accountable. Since there are people who will be waiting for you to present a song, the worry of disappointing them can serve as a motivator to keep to your deadlines. Conversely, you can also impress people if you write something that you’re proud of.
Also, receiving prompts from an external source such as a songwriting group can help spark creativity. There’s something magical about receiving inspiration from an external source. It can help you when you’re struggling to come up with ideas or bring pre-existing ones to fruition.
Lastly, a songwriting group can help provide you with feedback. As we all know, feedback is essential for growth. So, a songwriting group can help you further develop your craft if you ensure you have an open mind and take on board the feedback that you’re given.
Conclusion: System #3 to Help You Always Make Time for Songwriting – Seeking Accountability
In conclusion, if you’ve been struggling to find time for your creative pursuits, consider seeking accountability through joining a songwriting group or course. In this way, you’ll be able to encourage yourself to make time in your daily life for songwriting, and meet your songwriting goals.
And to learn more about writing songs fast, check out this video titled “How to Write Songs in Under an Hour”.
Turn your inspiration into beautiful songs with step-by-step guidance through two professional songwriting methods. By the end of this course, not only will your tool belt be stocked; you’ll have a plan and a method for finishing your songs – all of them: