Doing it All

Schedules for Creative People

To say that I juggle a lot of stuff is sort of like saying Florida got a little rain last weekend…understatement of the year, right? Some days, I feel like a circus clown with all the juggling I do!

Me on a good day

Yesterday, I sat down and went through one of my go-to productivity exercises: the scheduling braindump. I do this any time I feel like I’m not making as much progress as I’d like on one (or all!) of my projects.

Step 1: Every project or major area of brain space gets a separate sheet of paper. I brain dump everything I know about that project – or at least everything I have to do and keep track of – onto the page.

Step 2: I evaluate my schedule. Usually, when I start to get overwhelmed, it’s either because I’m neglecting self care or because I’m trying to fix 743 hours worth of stuff into a 16-hour day. Spacetime doesn’t work like that. Once I get that down on paper, it becomes really clear what I can actually do, and what needs to get put on the back burner for a while.

It’s not fancy, but it definitely works!

Of course, sticking to the schedule once I’ve got it perfectly engineered is the topic of a whole other blog post…speaking of which, I’m cooking up something to help my fellow artists and writers become more prolific (which is just a fancy way of saying “get more cool stuff done”), and I’d love your input. What’s your biggest hurdle when it comes to completing your creative projects? Let me know in the comments!

One thought on “Schedules for Creative People

  1. Not having enough time is definitely my biggest hurtle! I have to plan and juggle ALL THE THINGS all month long.

    I have also taken to keeping a journal when the good ideas strike. I’m too busy to just put a good idea into action right away like I used to, but now I have a little stockpile of stuff to turn to when I’m not sure where to go next.

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