Time Management for Creative People

17 Dec

“Be regular and orderly in your life so that you may be violent and original in your work.”

Gustave Flaubert

So you start  the day full of enthusiasm. You’re excited about a new piece of creative work anditching to put your ideas into action. Firing up your computer, the familiar stream of e-mails poursinto your inbox, burying the ones you didn’t get round to replying to yesterday. Scanning throughthe list, your heart sinks – two of them look as though they require urgent action. You hit ‘reply’and start typing a response to one of them… 20 minutes later you ‘come round’ and realiseyou’ve got sucked into the e-mail zone and have been sidetracked by interesting links sent byfriends, as well as writing replies about issues that aren’t a priority for you. You minimize the emailwindow and get back to your project…After 15 minutes you’re really enjoying yourself, getting into your creative flow – when the phonerings. Somebody wants something from you. Something to do with a meeting last week. Yourummage through the papers on your desk, searching for your notes. You can’t find them.Suddenly your heart leaps as you lift up a folder and find an important letter you’d forgotten about– it needed an urgent response, several days ago. ‘Hang on, I’ll get back to you’ you tell theperson on the phone, ‘I’ll ring you back when I’ve found it’. You put the phone down and pick up the letter – this needs sorting immediately, but you remember why you put it off – it involves several phone calls and hunting through your files for documents you’re not sure you even kept. By now, you’ve only got half an hour before your first meeting and you’ve promised to ring that person back. . Your design stares at you reproachfully. The e-mail inbox is pinging away as it fills up – already there are more messages than before you started answering them. Your enthusiasm has nosedived and the day has hardly begun. Creative work seems like a distant dream.  *** Download the rest of this ebook HERE***

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One Response to “Time Management for Creative People”

  1. Peng 12/30/2009 at 11:33 am #

    Two words: So True!
    make you realize how much “creative” work you actually do.

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