5 Tips for Boosting Your Creative Productivity

May 10, 2016

creativity_tileDo you sometimes feel that you’ve got too many ideas and wonder how you’ll ever get them all done? If so, you’re not alone.

Most creative people work on a number of projects simultaneously. And big projects come together from a whole host of smaller tasks.

Writers often have different types of writing (book, blog, fiction, non-fiction) as well as related tasks (research, reflecting, connecting with readers) all in the mix at once.

However creatively inspired you are, at times it can be challenging to keep all of your creative plates spinning and make progress at a pace that works for you and the projects you are working on.

So it’s important to apply your creative energy consciously so that your essential projects, which may be the most creatively challenging, don’t become sidelined because smaller or less demanding tasks are faster to complete.

Fortunately, experience reveals that certain techniques genuinely make a difference to creative productivity. Here are 5 strategies you can apply straight away that will shift your creative output onto new levels:

1. Make conscious choices about genuine priorities.

When faced with the array of possibilities that are part of any creative project, pause before diving in and ask yourself this question: “If I only do a maximum of three creative tasks today, what should they be?” Write your answers down and stick to what you’ve decided. Even better, make this decision the night before and dive straight in first thing in the morning before anything else.

2. Do the most important or most challenging task first.

Once you have your list of creative priorities for the day, avoid the seduction of starting with the easiest one. At times, the quick fix of doing something you know you can polish off at speed can boost your confidence to tackle a task that feels like more of a stretch. But this approach can also be a subtle form of resistance that sometimes means you procrastinate over important tasks for days, weeks or even months.

3. Be present and focus fully on one project at a time.

Multi-tasking is so “last era”! Turn off all distractions, remove yourself from environments where you are likely to be interrupted, and laser in on whatever you’re doing. Your single focus doesn’t need to be narrow to be effective. Find the balance between targeted and open to all possibilities relating to whatever you’re working on.

4. Take regular breaks to recharge.

When you are in the flow, naturally you need to go with it – and stay with it – to make the most of the creative energy flowing through you. Sometimes this will take you away from your usual rhythm such as having a late lunch because you need to finish the chapter that’s coming together at last. However, don’t get locked in if it feels like you’re really struggling. Have the confidence to stop, go for a walk, rest, listen to some music – whatever you need to recharge your creative core.

5. Enjoy the process.

When you enjoy something, “feel good hormones” such as serotonin and melatonin are released in your body. Nature has provided us with a powerful biological boost that can be harnessed to support you to keep your creative momentum going. This benefit alone can be responsible for creatively productive careers that last for decades. If you’re not enjoying yourself, shift your mindset or stop and do something else!

Q4U: How do you manage your creative productivity? Share your comments on our tips and your own experience below.

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© Julia McCutchen 2016. All Rights Reserved.

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Julia McCutchen is an intuitive creator, writer and mentor who guides people to share their unique gifts through creating, writing and living from a conscious and vibrant connection to Truth. A former international publisher, Julia experienced a life-changing accident in 1999 which triggered a series of major quantum leaps in her spiritual awakening. She subsequently developed a tried and tested holistic approach to access the present and aligned state required for original creative expression in all areas of life, especially writing. She is the founder and creative director of the International Association of Conscious & Creative Writers (IACCW) and the author of two books including, Conscious Writing: Discover Your True Voice Through Mindfulness and More (Hay House). For more information and a free video series visit www.JuliaMcCutchen.com and www.iaccw.com

2 Comments »

  1. First off, the colorful image is eye candy.
    Second – five sensible points that we ‘know’ but sometimes forget to implement.
    Making the choice to focus on the important projects leads to enjoying the process.
    Taking breaks is a necessity – no matter what you are doing. Your brain and body need it.
    Good reminders Julia – thanks.

    Comment by Virginia Reeves — May 10, 2016

  2. Hi Virginia – glad you like the image … and the content of this post! It’s so easy to know what we ‘should’ be doing yet not live the truth of it on a day to day basis isn’t it. I’m all for regular reminders of what’s truly important – hence a daily practice of some kind. Enjoy applying these particular reminders and notice the difference it makes at every level 🙂

    Comment by Julia — May 11, 2016

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