Kreative Kryptonite

I’m too Distracted to Think of my Distractions

Wouldn’t it be nice to live in a world without distractions?  NO IT WOULDN’T!  The world would be a single…

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Wouldn’t it be nice to live in a world without distractions?  NO IT WOULDN’T!  The world would be a single room with a white floor, white walls, white ceiling, no door, no window, nothing.  The color white would get distracting after a few minutes so that’s out.  Learning how to adapt to your Kreative Kryptonite whatever that may be takes time (excuse me while a tap my feet to the soft build of Zorba The Greek by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass).

I listen to music while I work so that I don’t get distracted (one second the record is over and I need to flip to the other side).  I try not to listen to songs and artists I know because then I listen too closely or get lost in the song.  But when I listen to artists I don’t know that well I get distracted when I hear a song I like and want to add it to my playlist.  I’ll take the distractions that come with listening to music because “no noise” is too deafening.  I hear everything and it’s so distracting.

Phone calls.  Text messages.  Time to refresh social media.  The guy who keeps getting up to get more napkins at the coffee shop (no way you need that many napkins).  Truthfully any movement by any person at a coffee shop.

Emails.  The end.  Goodbye productivity.

When it’s time to create and work on your project, protect that time at all cost.  Treat anything other than the task as a hot stove that if touched will burn you, because it will.  Shut down the email.  Find the right music (probably avoid Zorba The Greek it’s a real toe tapper).  Set the phone on silent and unless it buzzes the buzz of a million bees don’t flip it over to see who is disturbing your creative time.

Protect your time and avoid the Kreative Kryptonite.  Manage that and you will increase productivity.  Oh and if you really want to accomplish more, take a break and indulge in the distractions.  But set a timer.  Work, reward, work is a great strategy to implement.

 

vinyl snapshot by: Mark Solarski

Kreative Kryptonite

Create a Sacred Space

  “I have to get out of here.” My creative space, the space I love and set up to give…

 

“I have to get out of here.”

My creative space, the space I love and set up to give me the best opportunity to write and work distraction free was suddenly a distraction.

 

A practice has a space, and that space is sacred.
-Steven Pressfield – Turning Pro

 

Until this past weekend I thought the space just needed to be routine and tidy.  Free from distractions, good lighting, access to power outlet, plenty of desk real estate for stacking journals and notes, and a book spot for your latest reads.  Oh and a coaster.

My creative space has become a writing/work/creative planning/Netflix/Gaming/Surfing the Web space.  This has worked for me in the past but after a long weekend had me announcing to the entire house, “I have to get out of here.”  I was ready to grab my laptop and head to the nearest coffee shop.

New surroundings are good.  They serve as a reset in your mind and on your current creative space.  Now that I’m writing more I’m going to create a new space just for writing and keep that space sacred.  Creative planning and work will be in a separate space.

Our desks and spaces may be tidy and clean but cluttered with multiple uses that end up being a distraction.  Declutter the space and mind by making your space sacred.

sacred space pic by: David van Dijk

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Time, a friend or enemy?

If I had more time I would ___________ (fill in the blank).  If I had less time I would ___________…

If I had more time I would ___________ (fill in the blank).  If I had less time I would ___________ (fill in the blank).  If time wasn’t an issue I would ___________ (fill in the blank).

Time stands still as you create.  Time disappears as you create.

The lack of time can work against you.  Having too much time can work against you.

There are days when time is the hero and applied masterfully across the board on the to do list and project board.  Those are the good days.  Time seems to stand still as you go from project to project.  If we examine closer is time the one that deserves all the credit or does your decision making?  Your ability to be a good time manager is crucial in the race to create.

Getting more out of your lunch break, waking up an hour early, going to bed an hour early, staying up late, leaving the tv off, not answering the phone, the list goes on.  When time dictates your day you may find yourself playing catch up.

Learn how to become a good time manager.  Make time work for you.

 

timely pic by: Uroš Jovičić

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What is your Kreative Kryptonite?

I’m not sure Clark Kent or the guy 3 Doors Down from him would answer the question truthfully.  What is…

I’m not sure Clark Kent or the guy 3 Doors Down from him would answer the question truthfully.  What is your most crippling weakness that if exposed to could cost you your life?  I can see them answering this truthfully in a job interview because of course we reveal our weakest traits and abilities and then say hire me!

What are your creative weaknesses?  What stops the creative juices from flowing and forces the creative process to stop?

The giant green crystal is easily defined as an enemy to arriving at creativity.  You learn over time how to deal with them in a timely manner and still achieve success.  What would be the smaller weaknesses that you would only admit to a complete stranger that could eventually become your boss?

distractions – phone calls, text messages, it’s been 30 seconds since you’ve checked social media, emails, the guy who keeps getting up to get more napkins at the coffee shop, music that you are listening to so that you aren’t distracted.

time – not enough of it, too much of it, a meeting or an appointment

creative space – you need to build a creative spot that is distraction proof, the creative spot you made is no longer distraction proof

not such a great organizer – not able to organize your time to maximize creativity

can’t read your own handwriting – how does this even happen as often as it does

We will look at some of these weaknesses moving forward in Kreative Kryptonite.  Until then follow these steps:

Identify the weakness.  Formulate a strategy.  Go back to the interviewer and admit you have a new strength.

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