by Cricket Desmarais
“Time’s a strange fellow/more he gives than takes/ and he takes all” – e.e. cummings
It’s been a few days of departure since the last post in this series “Eleven Essentials to Bridging Creativity with Business,“ so here’s a brief refresher:
#3. CLOCK IN.
Pretty simple, I know. How can you do the work if you don’t show up in the first place?
You’d be surprised how easily this gets passed by when it comes to doing your own creative work. Every intention to practice ukulele, write 1,000 words, do 200 plies, or actually paint on those 19 primed canvases are so often replaced with the mundane.
Answering emails. Organizing the closet. Cleaning out the refrigerator. Surfing the web for “research.” Then “poof,” the day is over, & you have nothing to show for it but a deep inner grumble that you’ll never get anywhere with your creative dream.
Do yourself a favor. Create a system of some sort where you actually log your hours when you sit down to work. A notebook, a dry erase board, a rock & chisel- anything to get you to acknowledge the clock & your commitment to time.
You’re your own boss when it comes to your creativity, & a good boss knows that productivity only happens when the employees show up for work.
Be specific about your accounting. Record the tasks at hand & how much time you spend doing them. If you take a twenty minute break, clock out. You’ll only cheat yourself if you don’t, wondering later on why you haven’t made any progress.
This will also give you a history on what you are actually doing for those times when you feel like you aren’t accomplishing much.
For example, because I don’t have anything specific to show for it, at first glance, my day today looks like it was incredibly unproductive.
But if I look at my “time sheet,” I see that I ran the gamut from attending to my blog, learning some new marketing approaches, doing some research for my novel, learning a new tool for note-taking (EVERNOTE), & tapping into a fantastic tele-seminar with Danielle Laporte & Linda Siversten to help get my head straight on the realm of writing & publishing.
I also nurtured my creative soul with some breaks, watching some great video poems & posting a great poem to share to my Facebook page.
All this with the mamma & housekeeper hats, too.
Do you already have a system in place for clocking in? Share your insights below.
& remember- energy flows where attention goes. You’ll be amazed at what can happen when you hold yourself accountable.
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