How to Steal Creativity Time

Work-life balance for creative people is more like work, work and life. You must make time for both your work and non-work responsibilities, plus time for the people you care about and the communities you support, plus time for rest and recuperation, plus time for the big creative project you are working on. …

Where does the watch come from?

Derek Sivers, who is best known for either the creator of CD Baby or for giving us a framework for making either hell or no decisions, thinks you should steal them :

It takes many hours to make what you want. The clock does not appear suddenly. You must steal them comfortably. Everything you’ve done before has been comfortable. Is not. It will be really awkward.

Sievers is referring to exactly the kinds of convenient distractions that can eat up more of our day than we think: social media, TV shows, aimless web scrolling, and so on. He does not say, “Don’t waste time on rest”; Sivers simply notes that in many cases we choose the “convenient” option to use other people’s creative products instead of the “inconvenient” option to create our own.

However, it is also worth noting that we may steal this watch due to discomfort. There are many, many ways to optimize, automate, or even eliminate the time-consuming chores that take so many of our days – and you just ended up on one of the best sites to learn more about these so-called “Life Hacks.” Here are just a few examples to get you started:

I am currently writing a novel and I decided to steal two hours every weekday for this particular project: one hour in the early morning and one hour right after work. The first hour was stolen comfortably; I had to wake up earlier, which meant figuring out how to get the same amount of quality sleep in a slightly shorter amount of time. That meant setting shutdown timers on my laptop to make sure I wasn’t “connecting to the Internet” right before bed, dimming the lights and lowering my temperature before bed to keep my circadian rhythm going, and so on.

As a related benefit, I sleep more soundly, with fewer awakenings in the middle of the night than I do for a long time.

The second hour was stolen from discomfort. Requiring a full hour between the end of the day and evening commitments meant learning how to optimize work tasks, avoid distractions, and take effective breaks, because good breaks and good work activities go hand in hand, like online grocery delivery and meal planning. to another I will steal a watch for my creative work.

As before, this type of life hacking provides many additional benefits. For starters, I get more work done in less time. I also literally feel less discomfort – I rarely have this sluggishness, rudeness “I can’t believe I spent the last hour looking over a bunch of things that I don’t even remember, and I still haven’t solved the problem. in front of me “feeling, for example.

I know that my personal life hacks are not for everyone. (I’m a freelancer living alone, so I have tremendous control over both my schedule and the environment.) But if you want to spend more time doing creative work – or whatever – you’re going to have to spend less time. something else, which means deciding when and how to steal a few watches.

Find moments when you are either mindlessly comfortable or unpleasantly uncomfortable, and start there.


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