This is the first in a series of dealing with creative blocks, at the moment I have four key topics, but that might well change over time!
When I work with my coaching clients many of them talk about how they want to get on with their creative work, especially if they run their own business, but they struggle to find the time, or at least prioritise it over the client facing, money earning aspect of their business. It is similar with those who want to develop a creative practice of their own. It is difficult to get on with it all, there are so many calls on our time.
Most of them suffer from the same problem – they have all this stuff in their heads which is stopping them. From the fact that the cat needs to be wormed, through to sorting out the mess that is their pension.
There is a simple answer to all of this – get it out of your head and in a trusted system. This is based on the David Allen, Getting Things Done* methodology. I cannot recommend this book highly enough, after I borrowed it twice from the library I bought my own copy and I read it every year or so. However, I know that for a lot of people they are not going to read a book on getting things done.
Not to be modest, I think I am excellent at this. In fact in the early stages of when I was thinking about my business I was going to call it Jen Farrant: Gets stuff done and makes shit happen. But I thought that was rather crude and limiting.
So, let’s get on with it. Get a whole stack of paper – it doesn’t matter if it is a shorthand notebook, a spiral bound one, loose leaf or whatever. The information is not going to stay there. Write down EVERYTHING which is in your head that needs to be done. Polishing your boots, fixing that worrying damp patch on the ceiling, going and visiting Gran in hospital, launch a new website – whatever get it down, whatever sphere of life, it is in your life. Write it down.
Then go and get that stack of paperwork that you haven’t touched for ages and go through it. Does it need to be actioned? Binned? Filed? If you can bin it, do so, if it needs filing (digitally or otherwise) do it. What do you mean you don’t have a filing system? Ok, put it in a ‘file’ pile for now. Actioned? Put it on the list.
What about your emails, yes, even the dark bit at the bottom of the inbox? Can you just declare email bankruptcy and file it all away and pretend it doesn’t exist? Or does it need dealing with? Put it on the action list.
Any other piles of stuff that you haven’t deal with? Get it on the paper.
Now what? Well, let’s tackle that another time….read Creative planning the next in the series
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What some help with all of this? I offer one to one coaching via Skype – we will figure out what your blocks are and how to move forward too.