Scheduling for CreativesFor most creatives having a schedule is counter productive to any form of creativity. A schedule seems to put limits on us. Creativity flows when there are no limits, when there is time to explore many different avenues. I am no stranger to the idea of schedules. When I can't seem to get to my own creative projects I think "If only I had a schedule, I know I would get more done." So I would try a schedule, but then I would balk at such schedule, saying "NO" you can't make me. I've tried schedules where I devote the entire day to one project, and schedules where I treat it like a school day, or massive to do lists. It works sometimes and other times it dismally fails. I needed to find another way.
I found myself in this predicament this year. I had committed to finishing the first draft of a novel. Then I hired a writing coach to get me on track. Still it was a struggle to get my writing done. I fought it every week. Here I was paying someone to help me and I wasn't taking advantage of it. I was becoming very disappointed with myself. So I got back to the schedule idea and this time I found something that would work for me. Something that had flexibility worked into it.
On the night before, I write down my schedule for the next day. I do this in hourly increments from . A typical day might look like this.
7:00 breakfast, shower etc
work on website
Check emails, FB etc
Now the flexibility comes in when I don't do what I said at any given time. I may write at instead of but that is ok as I have given myself the freedom to switch anything around on any given day. I have 3 writing session but I may end up writing only once. There are so many things that can interrupt what I plan to do. Somehow, knowing there is a schedule helps me get back to it.
Now will this idea work for you? I don't know, it depends upon how you work. Its something to try if you are stuck. If it helps I would love to hear about it.