Episode 112: 3 Reasons to Use Timelines to Improve Productivity


productivityWe’re excited to be really geeking out today… getting a little focused on one particular tactic that we use in our business on a regular basis to keep us organized and productive.

Timelines.

What are they and how do they improve productivity?

To me, timelines give you a visual representation of the journey to get you to the end product. What happens is that when we can see our destination out there in front of us―whether that’s a product, a book, a website, or launching an entire new business, we can see this big goal out there.

But, unless we have a sense of what the markers are, what the milestones are, along the journey, we tend to severely underestimate the amount of time it will actually take to get something accomplished.

“We need to fall in love with the process, not just the end product of our work.” ― Todd Henry, Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day

The thing about us creatives is that we have lots of ideas. So, ideas are not our challenge, but clarity around how to execute those ideas is often where we struggle and get stuck.

A timeline is one of the fastest ways to get clarity around all the steps of a project, to actually bring it to fruition.

Start to plot out a timeline physically―get a big white board, a big long piece of paper, or a bunch of pieces of paper that you could tape up on the wall and move around.

Look at the things you’re saying that you want to accomplish in a certain amount of time… For example, we’re coming up on the fourth quarter of 2018, and we personally have a whole bunch of things that we’re trying to launch.

I did this process recently for one of my art projects, I want to launch a new membership site called the Art Journaling Club, and when I sat down and started working up the timeline, I’m like, “Oh man, this is way too aggressive. There’s no way that, given my other tasks that I have inside of our company, that I have the time to launch this much content in this amount of time.” It gave me a really realistic perspective of what’s possible.

So part of the process is recognizing when a timeline is too aggressive and adjusting the milestones accordingly. Generally, we like to look at 12 months at a time at least once a year. However, it really depends on your sense of urgency around what it is you’re creating.

IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN:

  • Todd Henry’s defining question that Minette found to be so brilliant
  • 3 reasons why to really use timelines in your creative work
  • What components to include on an effective timeline
  • What the heck to do with your timeline once you’ve created it

 

 

LINKS:

The Accidental Creative

Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day by Todd Henry

Productivity For Creative Business Owners Facebook Group

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Minette Riordan, Ph.D.

Dr. Minette Riordan is an award-winning entrepreneur with 17 years experience in media, marketing and sales. She is a lover of art, poetry and mythology and a complete geek who digs discussing how businesses work. One of her core values is continuous improvement; she is a seeker, wanderer and adventurer who loves dragons and coffee. Most days you can find her supporting her creative clients to build profitable businesses. And on other days you can find her in her art studio covered in paint.



About Minette Riordan, Ph.D.

Dr. Minette Riordan is an award-winning entrepreneur with 17 years experience in media, marketing and sales. She is a lover of art, poetry and mythology and a complete geek who digs discussing how businesses work. One of her core values is continuous improvement; she is a seeker, wanderer and adventurer who loves dragons and coffee. Most days you can find her supporting her creative clients to build profitable businesses. And on other days you can find her in her art studio covered in paint.

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