5 Ways to Increase Your Productivity in Creative Work

How to Be More Creative in Less Time

pablo (12)Creative work is hard.

New ideas take time. And effort.

These endeavors never seem productive. They require long periods of brainstorming, often requiring solitude or isolation. (Although sometimes teams work, too.)

Is it possible to get your creative work done faster?

Creating Faster

How do you create? Where do your new ideas come from?

If your work involves creating new concepts, you know that the process can be tough.

You write. You brainstorm. You think.

Sometimes the ideas come. And sometimes they don’t.

Yet, there are ways that you can increase your creative productivity.

Some people use rituals to get their mindset just right. Or special ways to get themselves “in the zone.”

While there is not one simple way to simply “be more creative,” there are proven techniques to help you create faster.

Here are 5 Ways to Help You Increase Your Creative Productivity:

  1. Do it Quick – A rough first draft is better than no draft. As well, an initial cut at something often gets the creativity flowing. So, make your first version quickly… and see what comes. If you are writing… just write. If you are brainstorming… post on the board whatever comes to mind.
  2. Play – Creating is hard work. Yet, one of the best ways to come up with ideas is to “play.” Have fun, joke, go out-side-the-lines. When you play, you will come up with creative ideas that you wouldn’t have thought of otherwise.
  3. Draw or Write – It takes a particular type of person to be creative on a computer or when typing. Most people create best when they use simple tools like pen and paper. Write, draw, use a whiteboard. Manual tools will often get you going more than staring at a blank computer screen.
  4. Repeat – Repetition is one of the best ways to hone your ideas. Redo that initial rough draft.  If you are pitching an idea, keep repeating it over and over. You will improve with each iteration.
  5. Start Over – Another great technique is to start from scratch each time you try to improve your ideas. It can feel like a step back, but each time you do, you will create slightly different and better angles on your concepts.

Increase Your Creative Productivity

Creating new ideas is hard.

Finding time to develop those ideas can be harder.

With a few small changes in your creative process, you might find you can create faster, and increase your creative productivity.

Question: How do you increase your creative productivity? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

Why Reading Your Email is a Waste of Time

Stay Out of Your Inbox Unless You Are Going to Act On It

Why Reading Your Email is a Waste of TimeDo you open emails and then leave them in your inbox?

Would you do this with your post office mail? (Your mail carrier would get angry pretty quickly…)

This action makes no sense. It wastes time and only serves to create more work later.

Don’t bother opening your emails unless you are prepared to actually do something about them.

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You Have to Push Yourself to Get Ahead

Stop Going through the Motions, and Start Succeeding

Push Yourself to Get AheadAre you just going thru the motions, repeating yourself each day?

Do the same things?
Giving the minimal effort?
Settling to be average?

To rise above and succeed at your goals… you need to leave your comfort zone and push your limits.

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5 Common Mistakes People Make Spending Their Time

Are You Spending Your Time on the Right Things?

pablo (7)Time is a currency.

It is what makes up life. And it is the one thing in life that you cannot replace.

You don’t get more later. You can’t directly buy more. And, ironically, you truly never know how much you have left.

Ask, “What am I spending my time on?” The answer might surprise you.

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Bad Planning on Your Part, Shouldn’t Be an Emergency on My Part

Don't Let Other's Poor Planning Create Unneeded Urgencies

pablo (5)You are just getting to your work when your boss rushes in with a “last-minute emergency.”

He or she needs something right now.

But, the irony is when you look at the email they sent, the information in it is weeks old. The “emergency” is really just because they procrastinated.

Do others create emergencies for you, because of bad planning on their part?

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10 Time Management Tasks You Can Do in Under a Minute

Small Time Management Tasks Now, Can Save Big Time Later

Time Management Tasks in Under a MinutePeople often think that they don’t have time for time management.

I don’t have time to plan, time to organize, or time to get to my todo list.

Yet, the biggest results of managing your time are from the small things that you do. The minor habits and tactics that often take moments of your time.

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Why You Shouldn’t Schedule Meetings Longer than One Hour

The Problem with 90-Minute Meetings

pablo (2)People have a hard time attending meetings that are longer than one hour.

Maybe it’s today’s ADD. Or perhaps, it’s just that any meeting that long is a waste of many people’s time.

Either way, there is almost no reason to schedule a meeting for over 60 minutes.

If you do, you’re scheduling more time than is necessary or productive.

The Dreaded 90-Minute Meeting

When people really want to get something done, what do they typically do?

They schedule a really long meeting.

The dreaded 90-minute (or two-hour) meeting invite arrives in your inbox.

Even before you accept it, you know that a large chunk of your day will not be productive.

The irony here is that most “long meetings” get scheduled because someone is disorganized, uninformed, or needs other people to do their work. They want to get more done, but they are really accomplishing the opposite.

Scheduling meetings for more than an hour in non-productive. You lose people’s interest, energy, and attention.

Even worse, meetings will always expand to fill the allowed time. People will show up late, there will be wasted chit-chat, and even joking about “how much time there is” for the discussion.

Keep Those Meetings Short

Most meetings should be 30 minutes (or less).

An hour is about the maximum amount of time that produces productive discussion on one topic.

Avoid anything above that timeframe, as expanding the time doesn’t expand the results.

Shorter meetings are better meetings and don’t take up valuable time in your day.

Question: How long do you schedule meetings for? Does your organization hold 90 minute meetings? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

5 Productivity Promises You Won’t Keep

Are You Over-promising Your Time Commitments?

pablo (39)Do you make promises that your time can’t keep?

Simple ones like, “I’ll only be a minute.”

Silly ones like, “Give me a second.”
Really, one second?

Or bad ones like, “I will call you back today.”
Yet, you don’t write it down or set an alarm.

You need to stop making commitments that you can’t or won’t keep.

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