How do you stay productive without killing creativity? It starts with knowing that the modern definition of production tends to fight the culture, but there are certain ways to beat your deadline without the negative effects of emotional, mental and physical overcrowding. Start with the ones listed below, and think of three lessons that most people can apply to maintain their artistic standards.
- Redefine the product.
A simple definition of making a product is “making.” But productivity is also about relaxing, learning, watching, and having. Wanting to do things often leads us to pointless tasks like inbox zero and this could be email meetings. These are the things we can identify with and say, “Look at all I did today.” Real production is what brings us closer to the goal of the big picture. Keep that in mind as you enter your next working day. See how much you can deduct.
- Schedule time to do nothing.
No, sleep is not counted. Manage this time as you would manage a customer meeting. Take a long walk in nature; immerse in a hot tub with candles and instrumental music; lie on the hammer in the back of your yard and look at the sky. Think intelligently as your mind turns to a myriad of pieces of information; it takes time and space to find the rhythm between each piece.
- Understand your limitations.
Excessive concern for efficiency and productivity diminishes the art. And it has the power to make us do strange things. When we try to turn our days into unforgivable blocks of laser-focused time, our brains become overcrowded. Try this sixth rule: For every 40 minutes of production, take 10 minutes of rest time. Even raising your eyes on the screen for 30 seconds can provide lasting benefits.
- Avoid distractions.
In the study, what was missing as a deadline made was actually an act of concentration. When the deadline is high, distractions are removed. We put our phones away, cancel useless meetings, and ask to be left alone. “It’s not a deadline.” What happens if we apply the concept of concentration before the deadline for anxiety? Give it a try. See what happens.
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