Flexible Structure: Being Creatively Strict with Myself

  • Someday Lesson: Changes need to be monitored for results or they’re meaningless.

Ingorrr on flickr.comNovember is Creativity Month here at Someday Syndrome and if you remember from my post at the beginning of the month, I decided to test my creativity by getting more organized and disciplined.

Specifically I created a daily schedule designed to make sure that I not only get everything done but also when to do it.

Flexible Structure

The reaction I got from many people about being so structured was: I couldn’t possible stick to a tight schedule.

Well, I discovered that neither can I. But you know what? That doesn’t matter. Despite changing up my supposedly unchangeable schedule, every single day I managed to get the majority of the things on my action list done.

For example, yesterday at 8am I pulled out the Wii Fit Board to do my daily exercise but discovered the batteries were dead. Instead of cutting out my exercise, however, I plugged the batteries in to charge then pulled one of my afternoon tasks up and worked on that instead. I then exercised later, getting both tasks accomplished in spite of the major obstacle.

Without my schedule, I would have simply trashed the idea of exercise and frittered the time away.

Recognizing Failure

The only thing I failed at was the revisions for Someday My Ship Will Come In. By tracking my success or failure with each of my tasks I made myself aware of this lack of progress. If I hadn’t been tracking my goals, I could easily have ignored it (which I’m very good at) and then something very important to me wouldn’t get done.

Why am I not doing the revisions? Two reasons:

  1. I put it at the end of the day after having spent a good part of the day already writing.
  2. A lack of passion. I’m a starter – I love new things and new ideas. Going back and revising or revisiting a project bores the crap out of me.

So, what will I do?

First off, I’ll change my attitude. Instead of seeing the ebook as a revision, I’ll consider it a new project for which I already have a lot of the materials prepared. By playing this mental trick with myself, I’ll no longer dread the idea but see the challenge in creating a new (and amazing) product that blows the old one out of the water in awesomeness.

As for the scheduling problem, this week I’ll move the time for the “new” ebook to right after lunch before I do my blog reading. And I’ll end my workday with something that does excite me which is the continued tweaks on the website.

Helping Develop Self-Awareness

Speaking of website tweaks, I have a new tool to share with all of you.

When I talk to people about Someday Syndrome, so many say “I think I have that!” but up until now, you couldn’t know for certain without opening up your life to examination by contacting me and asking for help.

Now, however, Someday Syndrome offers a new tool – the Someday Assessment – which tells you not only if you suffer from Someday Syndrome, but what type you suffer from!

Plus it’s easy and takes no more than five minutes to answer.

So stop wondering if you have Someday Syndrome – find out for sure!

Because knowing the problem is halfway to solving it.

P.S. Wondering what’s happened to the Someday Interview series? I’ve temporarily retired it while taking the month to apply come creative thinking and come up with a new version – one that everyone can participate in!

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6 thoughts on “Flexible Structure: Being Creatively Strict with Myself

  1. Christina says:

    Thanks for this – I’ve been avoiding revisions on a project because I hate revising. I’ll try your tricks.

    I’ve also been trying to get more organized and disciplined, since that’s been a Someday Syndrome issue for me for most of my life! Flexible structure is the only thing that really works for me. If I over-schedule and don’t let myself deviate from the plan I don’t do anything, but if I don’t track my goals I realize at the end of the day that I spent the entire time reading random things on the internet. You have great posts on this, thanks!

    ps… the links to the Someday Assessment are broken 🙂
    .-= Christina´s last blog ..Nov 9, Coping with emotions: How to handle your emotions more easily and effectively =-.

  2. Hey Alex.

    I like that you are detailing your activities and results here.

    Sticking to a tight schedule sure doesn’t work out 100% as expected, but I think the way you are doing it with a schedule is great to have. One time I saw your post about your site schedule and it sure was great, and I still remember it. An organized schedule is something solid you can then base what you do on. I only stop doing it when I lose the effort to do it, but I have always benefited from having a day planned beforehand.

    Nice deal on the Someday Assessment creation.
    .-= Armen Shirvanian´s last blog ..Knowledge Is Your Best Friend =-.

  3. Alex Fayle says:

    Thanks folks – links fixed!

  4. Wendi Kelly says:

    OK, I need an Alex fix me up…

    Need to hang out here for awhile and get my organization back on track. Somehow my usually organized life feels like George Jetson’s treadmill. ( sorry young folks.)

    But even though someday’s I;m not even getting through half of my list, I know if I didn’t at least make one, I would fly off that treadmill and never get back on. I at least have to stay in the game.

    Glad you are here when it gets challenging! I always know where to come ehen I need the extra support.
    .-= Wendi Kelly´s last blog ..San Francisco Simple =-.

  5. Alex Fayle says:

    Sounds like you and I are very similar in that regard. I have to track or I fritter but I can’t track too strictly or I rebel.

    Too bad that it’s so easy to lose the effort and slide off the schedule, eh? But I figure each time I do, I just get back on and then I at least get a chunk of super-productive days/weeks rather than mediocre productivity throughout the whole span of time.

    My pleasure! I feel the same way about life sometimes re: George Jetson’s treadmill…

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