How Creatives and Business Professionals Mix SuccessfullyBy Hailey Robinson on November 7th, 2014 /
Being a creative type is often associated with having a musical skill, a knack for painting, or an ability to create engaging stories. Having the talents to do something others can only admire is often praised, but not everything attributed to creative types is positive. Some of the common assumptions about these artists are that they’re disorganized, lazy and unreliable. These are hardly skills that a business professional demonstrates, so if you’re a creative, it can be hard to break the myth.
Get It out of Your Mind
Henry Ford once said, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right.” By this he meant that there is power in the way we think. The way you choose to control your thoughts can have a big impact on the way you live your life. Instead of embracing the stereotype, don’t let yourself be defined by the negative labels.
When it comes to business, organization is the key to being successful. The way you set up your working space will eventually bleed into your work. If your office is cluttered, it might be harder to focus because you might feel too cozy in the space. In a messy environment, your time may be cut into as you spend much of it trying to sort through messes to find the supplies or documents needed.
It seems that a lot of creative types have a reputation of procrastinating. If you begin working on tasks immediately, instead of waiting for the deadlines, you will start turning in your work earlier. This will clear up your schedule for more activities. If you stay on top of tasks, you will have more time to plan for the future. Consider furthering your education to learn more time management skills. An executive MBA would helpful in learning to balance creativity and professionalism.
Focus at Work and Play During Leisure
Life has a clear routine for most people. Most wake in the morning, sleep at night, and work only during a specific slot of time. For the creative, hours may be different. They may work from home or have several months on a project, then several months without. With no clear routine or looser boundaries, it can be hard to focus when you need to or to fully rest when you have the chance. As a result, creatives may get into a cycle of working a little during leisure time and wanting to rest when they should be working hard.
Create specific times for work and rest. A popular method among writers and work-from-home creatives is the Pomodoro Technique, which helps break up intervals of work and rest time. It sets up working time in 25 minute increments with five minute breaks between, followed by longer breaks after four cycles. It is helpful in training the brain to stay on task while working and enjoy the benefits of breaks between.
Find the balance in your life. By learning to manage time better and plan ahead, you can be both successful and creative. Break the stereotypes and inspire other creatives to do so as well.