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Using Schedules as Creative Containers to GSD

I love schedules. I think they are fantastic inventions!

I didn’t always like them though.

I used to think they prevented me from being in the flow and allowing the spark of spontaneity.

But as my life becomes more full and my time more precious, I realize how important my schedule is for allowing me to stay present with what’s in front of me.

When I block off chunks of time for specific tasks or to-do’s, it gives me a creative container to focus on that ONE thing, rather than many things.

These creative windows of time allow me to really GSD (get shit done).

My days don’t ‘just happen,’ I design them with intention.

For example: I generally wake up at 4AM these days. My first two hours of waking time I usually devote to my creative writing (like right now as I write this). This is a non-email time for me. I sit, I stretch and breathe, I sip my coffee and I write, based on what comes up or what I need to complete for the week and day ahead.

Then my next creative container is sunrise golf. Usually from 6:30-9ish these days.

Then I get a big 3-hour window of time to enjoy breakfast, coffee and hangout time with Celeste and our son Sauryn.

Then I block off from noon – 5pm for my specific business projects. Each day of the week has a theme for the kinds of projects I focus on within that 5-hour block of time, so that I’m not scattered all over the place everyday. This is key for me.

Within the creative containers I’m scheduling, I allow myself to be in flow with the creative process.

Sometimes I’m not inspired to sit at my desk, so I’ll go for a hike or chip golf balls in the yard while thinking about something.

Other times I’m not inspired to sit on Skype for hours on end, so I do my conference meetings on my cell phone so I can be outside, or sometimes I’m even cleaning the house while on meetings.

The freedom is in the schedule for me.

When I am with Sauryn, I am WITH him.

When I am working on a specific task, I am in it fully.

Whereas, when I let my schedule stay loose, I find myself just floating around, never really accomplishing anything satisfying. Usually at the end of the day, I’ll feel like I didn’t do enough and go to bed kind of disappointed.

I also take real weekends now, which for an at home entrepreneur can be hard because my business mind is always fifty steps ahead of the game.

But I find having that space on weekends to simply be, flow with family and have fun really helps me be more focused and efficient in my week days.

We also do wifi-free Sundays, where we unplug the internet. Those are our favourites!

Schedules give me focus, freedom and a space to be present. I love them!

AND sometimes, my scheduled plan falls apart and something better comes up. I’m always 100% open and flexible to that happening too…

How do schedules support or hinder your creative process? Share below.