Track, stack, rinse, repeat: or; why you need to track EVERY shift:
1. Long-term goals need long-term data: when you track every night, you know more than the numbers. You know what you’re tipping out, where you’re getting better, where you can improve, and what times of the year give you the most opportunity in the cities you work. It’s impossible to keep all this information in your head- and memory is notoriously good at changing depending on how you feel. To keep it based in facts, you need a record of the facts.
2. Perspective and emotional well-being: NO NIGHT IS A REFLECTION OF YOUR SKILL LEVEL. No single night tells the story of your career. (Proof: can you retire on what you made in one night, even your best night?). You’re looking for PATTERNS, not single performances. And when you have a below (or above) average shift, or week, or month, tracking helps you make smart decisions about where, when, and how you want to work (or if you need some time off).
3. YOUR OWN TARGETS: let’s use this post as an example- some dancers will mark a net $1425 night as below average. For some it will be above average. Wherever you are and however much you’re making per night, it’s YOUR progress and YOUR targets. If your average night is $425 and you hit $625 that’s worth celebrating!! If your average is $2100 and you keep hitting below $1500 per night, it may be a good sign to change some habits. Either way, you need to know the numbers to set targets for yourself - targets that are just for you, and not for anyone else.
4. Accountability: we’ve all seen it, we’ve all done it. One good night, then a week (or a month!) without going into the club. One bad week, then habits and errors that make it into 3 more bad weeks. Back to square one. NO MORE! Tracking your numbers (and when you earn them) means you’re more likely to think about your finances and your life a year from today- because on 1/20/2021 you’ll have a log of what you earned and what you did with it. And when your feet hurt and you’d rather sleep in or skip out, that accountability is what will get you out the door and stepping towards your goals.
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