Time Management and the Creative Person

Have you ever noticed how there’s no clocks in casinos? The result is it’s hard to know what time it is, how long you’ve been there, and when it’s time to leave.

It’s a lot like that when it comes to time management and the creative person.

What makes us innovative and creative also can make it tough to manage the clock and calendar. As freelancers we are in our "right" minds. This means we use the right side of our brain to juggle ten things at once, solve problems, market and promote ourselves, and take risks—it’s what makes us entrepreneurial.

The problem is the right side of the brain has no concept of time. This is good when you are "in the zone" working away and so engrossed in a project you don’t get distracted. It’s bad when it comes to being on time for meetings, estimating how long something will take to complete, how much to charge, and what should get the bulk of your time and energy.

What I will focus on for this blog is how to work with your natural right-brain tendencies so you are making the most of your thinking style to become extremely effective at managing time. There is nothing more important than to a freelancer than time. (You are probably saying to yourself that money is more important than time, but the two are linked with time being the key component to increasing your income.) So stay tuned as we look at solutions to make sure you are on time, make the most of your time, find the time to do the things to build your business, and have a good time doing it.

2 thoughts on “Time Management and the Creative Person

  1. Lara Zielinsky

    AMAZINGLY insightful! This is why I set timers, alarms, but get right to work. I can stop worrying about what’s coming next and just do the writing, or the editing, and when the alarm/timer sounds, it’s time to change tasks, take a break, make a call, etc.
    The key to my time management has always been that calendar program, with a task list and programmable alarms. As a result, I have filled my days with massive productivity, not just dithering, and I always look and sound together to clients, even if five minutes ago I wasn’t even expending brainpower on their particular project.

  2. Lee Silber

    Lara,
    You have found the antidote for wasting time—using time keeping tools. Bravo. I want to add something to your comments. It sounds like you like to switch off from task to task when that alarm goes off. A lot of us (right-brainers) are at our best when we work in short bursts. That’s why it makes sense to leave projects in progress out and easy to get to. For us it’s not a distraction, but one less reason to not work on what we should. If we have to open a filing cabinet to get something out, that can be one step too many. I know, that makes it sound like we’re lazy (we’re not) but we are very creative with our excuses for NOT doing something. So, the easier something is to do, the more likely we will.

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