May 23 2011

Time management for creative types!

Published by at 3:29 pm under Clear Your Focus

I have read those organizational books that talk about prioritizing and time management and none of  them work for me!  They are all written by people who are good at organizing anything and everything.

My vision is that those folks have desks that totally clear and empty all the time and their documents are neatly stored with systems that allows them to find them within seconds.

They also know exactly what they are meant to be doing everyday. In some ways I envy those people who, I imagine never question what they are meant to do first! I tend to be the more creative, kinesthetic type.

What this means is that Monday morning arrives and my brain is filled with tons of creative ideas of what I want to accomplish in the early morning hours before my first client meeting.

I can feel the juggler inside my brain excited about all the options. The problem is they are all important in their own way. So, to keep myself sane, I have created my own system to help me focus.

I use my white board and write everything down. I use colored markers to make it more fun. (Big thanks to whoever invented whiteboards).

No more juggling the minute my stuff goes on the board.  This morning there were three items that were all competing in my head. Once I wrote them on my white board it became obvious that the first one would take 15-20 minutes. The second one is a longer process so I’ll do it second. The third one doesn’t really need to be done until tomorrow. Easy.

On my whiteboard I have added the one, two, three and as the first one was writing this blog post so I am almost ready to be able to erase that one. It is only 8:15AM on Monday and I have already accomplished the first thing on my list.  So there, Steven Covey!

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5 responses so far

5 Responses to “Time management for creative types!”

  1. Rachelon 23 May 2011 at 6:45 pm

    Very helpful. I totally relate to the juggler, and thankfully the abundance of ideas. I will put “get white board” on my to do list!
    thanks Kaya!

  2. kaya singeron 24 May 2011 at 3:28 am

    The best way to get a whiteboard is at a lumber yard. You can get a 4-8 sheet for about $30. I cut in half and sold the other half. Glad it was helpful Rachel! Another whiteboard convert :)

  3. mozakdesignon 25 May 2011 at 3:33 am

    Question – by Whiteboard – do you mean dry erase? They sell that at a lumber yard … like Home Depot?

  4. kaya singeron 25 May 2011 at 3:37 am

    Yes, Jocelyn.

  5. Ara Swanneyon 14 Jul 2011 at 10:21 pm

    I don’t have space for a whiteboard but the thought of writing my ideas each morning appeals.

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