I know that finding time to do the stuff you’re most passionate about is hard.
In these times, it’s hard to ignore the shifting cultural causes that call you to act.
As creative thinkers conventional planners and time management systems don’t cut it. Neither do random sticky notes plastered on your computer.
In light of this fact, I created a productivity tool and time management system designed for professionals, thought leaders, business owners, and creatives called the Mind Rooms Guide. It’s been developed based on the psychology of creative thinking and productivity.
Here are some thoughts on how to boost creativity and Shape Time to Act.
1. REMEMBER THE DEAD LINE.
In 1944, Miklos Radnoti knew the Nazis would shoot him and the other Jews marching across Hungary any day, any hour. When his wife later had his body exhumed from a mass grave, they would find a notebook of poems tucked in his field jacket’s pocket. Somehow, he stealthed out a pen, the sound of gunfire rattling like bones, and wrote a series of poems.
Radnoti’s persistence is a haunting reminder of my mortality, of this odyssey’s limited time.
The pressure of time, the fact of mortality, the real dead line, compels me to create, and to create with awareness and intention.
2. TANGO WITH TIME.
All of us creatives tango with time. Most creatives cannot wait until their kids go off to college or until retirement or until divorce or until they quit a job to begin their real work. Gratified creatives with packed lives create before the family gets up or in “pockets of time” – on the subway or in the forty-eight minutes between when their children have fallen asleep and before they themselves fall asleep.
One way or another, we’d be wise to make peace with time, stop fighting it, and avoid bemoaning its scarcity. There’s plenty of time to be had, it turns out, and if we can’t change the way chronological time works, then we can change the way we work with it.
Instead of managing time like some begrudged worker, we can shape it. Think of yourself as a potter more than a manager.
To show up and shape time as a creative has less to do with calendars and more to do with loving the mind. And the body.
Creativity is not about waiting for the muse – despite Elizabeth Gilbert’s charming spin on the Greek muse.
Creativity is about showing up and shaping time for the muse. Read more