Advice from Laura Vanderkam
Kept your time log? Great. Here’s how to use this knowledge to be more productive.
Make sure to work enough. We can all be more efficient. We should be more efficient! But creative work, like all work, takes time to execute. Make sure you’re scheduling enough time for it, and not getting distracted by other things, just because your work might be flexible.
That said, don’t view creative work as all-consuming, either. I always laugh at those lines in book acknowledgments when the author laments all his missed dinners. If you’re chronically missing dinner to complete your projects, don’t blame the artistic life. You’re better off looking at your own time management instead. Don’t wait for the muse to strike. The muse can be trained to strike between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. if you’re disciplined. The muse can then disappear for a few hours while you hang out with your family, and revisit after the kids go to bed.