Monday, June 17, 2019

Get Organized: 5 Tips For Creatives

  1. Tackle The Subconscious Bias That Holds You Back. Reframe your mental model: It's traditional to associate creativity with messiness, and neatness with a lack of imagination. As such, many of us see a neat desk and wonder if its inhabitant is an accountant, rather than a writer or a designer. But nowadays, any given moment, we are not just surrounded, but bombarded with information, ideas, potential projects, errands, social demands, and so on. If you don't embrace organization, you won't get anything done.
  2. Deal With It First Thing In The Morning. If you're like me, you like to begin the day slowly, easing into it with a cup of coffee and mulling over the news before diving into the work. But the problem with this strategy, particularly for daydreamers, is that your precious morning energy can get diverted onto unimportant matters. Force yourself to sit down, take fifteen minutes, and review yesterday's progress and today's demands.
  3. Keep To The Dashboard. Every day, at least once a day, update your "dashboard" of priorities and to-dos. (Think expansively, in terms of work and home life.) If you make a habit of keeping this in good shape -- name of project, last thing that happened, next steps -- it keeps you from having to search for information throughout the day. Those "little searches" take up a lot of time.
  4. Go With The Flow. Some people need to write early in the day because they're "fresh." Others tend to find it easier to focus on critical-thinking projects later, after their meetings are done. Whatever your natural flow, try to follow it and don't be afraid to say "no" if people want to "just stop by," interrupt your day with phone calls, or schedule meetings that unnecessarily throw you off.
  5. Stop Doing Some Things. Creative people tend to be curious about many different topics, and we accumulate "breadcrumbs" - we want to try this free social media tool, update our resumes with that program, learn to sketch or write movie scripts, whatever. For some odd reason, many of us have trouble terminating a pilot. But as important as trying the new thing, is discarding it when it isn't serving any real purpose for you, your creativity, your career, your personal growth, or your life's purpose.

By Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal. All opinions are the author's own. Public domain. Free photo via Pixabay.