» Do you plan your day?

Part of the charm of being a self-employed creative is that I don’t have to plan my day – but I’m not saying that’s necessarily a decent strategy for success. In fact, I know that I could probably be a lot more productive (and efficient) if I started to lay down even the simplest of guidelines for what needs to be done instead of constantly reacting to what has to be done. And then of course there’s that whole having to rely on my 43 year old mind to even remember what needs to be done.

I’m one of those strange mixes of left/right brain that allows me to be creative yet very analytical. The downside to this is that the creative side doesn’t like to be constrained. Ever. It doesn’t like deadlines and wants to stay up till 3 AM working to develop a new project. It laughs at to-do lists while ripping them to pieces to be used in a future collage project.

But I digress.

If you were to offer a few simple words of advice to someone wishing to be better organized with their time, what would they be?

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I know…I know what you said about to-do lists… But here’s the thing I have learned just this year: #12 and a pen. When I think of something, bam, in the notebook with a box beside it to x when it’s done. On the one hand, it frees my mind to think about what it would rather think about…on the other, in some odd way, I find the act of writing so many things down in the day a creative act, even though they are mundane things. Can I outline my day via to-do list? At day’s end, do I have a snapshot of my day?

Start small. If you want to be more organized, just start with one small area of your life. Commit to writing for a certain length of time at a certain time of the day, or being done in the studio at a certain time, or cleaning off the surface of your desk at the end of every day, or planning just one thing to do every day and then checking it off once its done… whatever will work best for you. Just keep it small, because if you try to organize everything at once you’ll probably just end up overwhelmed and frustrated. This is what has worked for me, and after implementing a number of small changes over the last several months, I feel way more organized, productive, and fulfilled in my creative work.



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