‘Real’ Time Management Tips For Creative Individuals

Creative people irrespective of their field be it the arts or design always have more than one projects in progress. While people may say “Just finish it off at a go!”, we all know that this is a lie. So here are a few ways I get work done with various art ongoing art projects.



  1. “Stop when you’re done. Not when you’re tired.”

Apart from being one of the ‘motivational tumblr’ quotes this phrase actually is the truth. The thing with creativity is that you cannot just begin to brainstorm at 6:00 and stop at 6:15. The thought process of mind cannot be limited to certain amount of minutes and well if you have ever found yourself in this situation you sure may not have always been satisfied with the outcome.

So the way you get things done is if you are in the flow just go with it and stop when you can’t continue anymore or have a creative block. That’s the only way you can get things done especially with art and design.


2. Throw your clock out of the window!

Well, not literally but my point is that don’t look at the time! now this may come as a surprise for some people who believe in minute to minute planning to be efficient. But here me out. Let’s say you got to bed at 10:00 pm on a regular basis. But if you were to get additional work done and are required to stay up for  a while; in most cases your productivity would start decreasing from 10:00 pm onwards just because your brain is tricked in thinking that 10:00 pm onwards is rest time and no work happens beyond the particular hour.

However; if you didn’t know what the time is you would keep working anyway. Let me be honest I am the kind of person who has alarms set for most things but when I have an important work or assignment to do I just take of wall clock and go on with assignment until I am completely happy with the outcome. Get what I am trying to say? So of Course this is not a strategy to be used while taking ‘opposite breaks’ .


3. Follow your intuition 

Yes this may be quite basic, but what you feel like doing at the particular moment is what you will do best. After the thoughts and ideas for a particular projects are all gone; the outcome may not represent the best of your attempts.

4. Vision Boards are ‘basic’ but affirmations on your soft boards do nothing but collect dust!

Let’s be honest. Who ACTUALLY reads things on their soft board or walls regularly? Well, kudos to you if you do ,but yeah  that is something definitely not for a person like me. Well, here’s the reason why. Our brain captures striking details and only those details are in focus while the rest is just background noise we avoid. Though affirmation and to do lists may be written in the brightest colors possible eventually they’ll just be a part of the background of your desk but not a detail you will remember.

Instead,  put those ‘to do lists’ or affirmation in places which you see just a few times a day occasionally. For example the desktop of computer , for me is the best place to put things like these. I see it once day unexpectedly and am reminded of the work but at the same time I am not sick of seeing it on a regular basis!


5. Deadlines!

Setting deadlines for creative projects can be crucial however, in my opinion it is just one way to do it right. Set yourself a deadline for ‘draft’ at least 2 days prior the actual one. Especially in the case of written assignments and artworks these extra 2 days enable you to show your work to quiet a few people, take feedback and then improve your work before the final submission.


Though I have listed a few tips I find extremely practical, every person is different. I would not say my method is ideal but it definitely is something that has always worked out for me and quite a few of my friends. Of Course you should try different things out and see what works for you as every person is different. What works for one may not always for the other. Well try these tips out and umm.. Good luck with all the allnighters!



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