Time management and the Creative

Writing this article is my second task to date that I will have successfully completed, due to list making and schedule keeping. Now before you make the same mistake I did, of thinking that it is as easy as purchasing a diary and jotting down your task next to a few pre-selected times, let me add that there are at least 4 items on the list that are still staring me square in the face and telling me they are incomplete. In theory, I’m 3 days behind on a schedule that I only put together 4 days ago. Great start, I know!

My coach did say not to beat myself up about it, however, I also have a sneaky feeling somewhere in the pit of my stomach, I don’t think she means to say it’s okay to sit back and relax for the next couple of hours… ‘Oh go on have that glass of wine, at least you tried’ and that my friends are where the enemy is lying and waiting.

The protective instinct of ‘it’s okay, at least you tried’ has no place in a life that wishes to be successful. All our successful mentors out there, didn’t build their careers/empires with ‘oh well at least I tried.’ Trying was only the first step to perseverance, dedication and commitment, the first step that made them who they are today.

Being able to master your time, at times, seems like trying to find the Holy Grail. Often us creatives fight time management and see it as boundaries that are being placed on our creative processes. Surely we should be free to feel, experience and create as and when we so desire. If you, like me, have battled with time management you will know that this philosophy could not be further from the truth, especially when there are bills to pay, mouths to feed and an empire to build.

Being able to properly schedule your workload into manageable portions, means you will end up with more time to spend on your creative process.

I read an interesting article that stated; “Time is the raw material of creation.” I could not have put it any better. Without time we have no creation and if you waste that time and don’t allow yourself the desired time needed to truly create, reflect, alter, deconstruct and fine-tune your creations. You only end up undermining yourself. The end result is mediocre design or outcomes and dreams only half fulfilled.

Time is the only commodity that cannot be stored or saved for later. If you waste it, it’s gone, so make sure you use your time wisely. Respect yourself enough to go out and get what your heart desires, waiting around for life to happen and dreams to come true is only wasting time and time wasted is not something you want to do often, especially when we only have a limited amount of stock.