Time Management For Creative People
In project management topics, there is a behavior called “student syndrome”. Student syndrome refers to the phenomenon that many people will start to fully apply themselves to a task just at the last possible moment before a deadline.
There is a reason they have named it “student” syndrome, you know. Maybe it is because of the common procrastination, which is now a standard behavior among us, The Students. And of course, We always get good results from this habit, almost every time. But to which extent can we use this habit and still be good? When the work mass pass a certain degree, We will face the real mess. A great Bulk of works and projects which should be done by yesterday and the resulting anxiety of having a lot on mind, like, all the time. It is the time that we have to stop being us.
Another situation occurs when we enter the real world, AKA the industry. After joining a company and getting a real job for the first time. I suddenly found out that my dear friend, The Procrastination Habit, has now turned against me. It was now my greatest enemy.
What is the point in explaining all of these? To remind you the problem. Just imagine the frustrations of deadline nights again. But there is always a way. Actually, a whole lot of ways. All of us have seen productivity hints and books, scheduling apps on our smartphones and, finally, Lots of talks and sessions about how to effectively manage your time. I think all of them are good, If we actually do the things they tell us to do. I want to introduce one more book about time management today.
One of the best books in this matter is “Time Management for Creative People”. I have recently read this book, and it was great!!! In this book, the writer has gathered some good methods from other sources and books and introduces a framework in which they can all work together and result in a schedule where nothing is forgotten and nothing is delayed. On top of all, You can relax and even find some extra time with peace. I really suggest reading this book, But if you cannot find enough time to read this(!!!), here is some useful tips from it:
- Make a Mind state : The first and the most important tip of the book is mind state, The writer suggests making a mind state every time you have work to do, which is physical and mental state based on your habits where everything is where you want and you are used to see it there, like having your coffee mug next to your left hand or starting your work exactly on a specified time. With establishing mind state you don’t have to worry about anything and your unconscious mind can be free of thinking about your environment to get used to it. Make and implement some habits about your working time and make it familiar for yourself.
- Email to Do it tomorrow: One of the other things that bothers our mind is never ending stream of emails. Remember when you have some work to do and as soon as you start you get a new mail that says you have to to do something as soon as possible. Emails are not the only distraction. Sometimes it’s phone call, sometimes it’s a message and so on. Have a way to tell yourself that you do not need to take care of such things ASAP. For emails, You can label them “Do it tomorrow”, you can have a bucket list for everything. having a bucket list or to do list also helps you to figure out how much work you can do and evaluate yourself. It also brings a feeling of achievement every day by making you feel you are making progress. By “Do It Tomorrow” email label, You wont feel the need to check your inbox every five minutes, because your mind don’t expect fast reactions from you every time you are assigned with a new task. You can check your email twice a day and label everything “Do it tomorrow”. Do not worry about other people. After a few time, They will get used to your new style, Doing everything tomorrow strategy, instead of doing them at once or not doing them at all strategy.
- Fence you time: By practicing the tips above and other hints in the book, You can fence some time to do creative work. Imagine having a time window all for yourself, without checking the inbox or your cell phone. You can have several hours, doing what you like, not worrying about the inbox or works you have to do.
Again, I really suggest that you download and read this free book.