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Should a Creative Person Even Try To Be Organized?
I have found that some creative people -- writers, artists, designers -- are actually reluctant to get organized. This can be true even when lack of organization starts hurting their business! Why in the world would they feel that way?
Often it's due to a misunderstanding of just what it means to be organized. They think it means being tightly controlled, rigid, restricted, or overly structured. Of course, a creative person is not going to be interested in anything that sounds like that! The irony is that nothing could be further from the truth.
The truth is that being organized in your workspace will actually free your creativity. On the other hand, being surrounded by clutter will block your energy and reduce your effectiveness. And just because your desk may be cleared off doesn't mean you can get away with cluttered, messy drawers. The awareness of disorder lurking below the surface will persist in your subconscious, keeping your mind preoccupied.
Knowing that postponed tasks are growing old will rob you of peace of mind. Anxiety over something important that you may have missed will make you uneasy. And there's nothing that will make you madder at yourself than having to pay a late fee simply because you overlooked a bill. The stress of procrastinating and NOT being organized is far worse than just doing what has to be done! If you want to be truly at ease to be your most creative, get organized!
Getting organized doesn't have to be a chore. It's easiest if you create routines, so that you can operate on autopilot and save yourself the stress of constant decision-making. Simply list the tasks you need to attend to on a regular basis and decide when you will do them. For example, designate a couple of hours every two weeks for bill paying and bookkeeping. Pick one morning per week to clear out paperwork and update your files. Once you've made these decisions, just follow your schedule. This completely relieves you of feeling guilty about undone tasks, because you know they will be done at their assigned time.
The key to staying organized is to make these routines a habit. Experts say to allow 21 days for a new habit to take hold. You will find that making this habit part of your everyday life will unburden your mind and unleash your creativity!
posted on: 5/16/2010 9:00:00 AM by Elaine Quinn, Author & Speaker
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Elaine Quinn is an internationally recognized expert on organizing, time management and productivity for the work-from-home solo professional. She is the author of "There's No Place Like Working From Home," filled with tips for solopreneurs who want to get organized, stay motivated and get things done. Learn more at www.NoPlaceLikeWorkingFromHome.com.
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