Episode 114: 3 Benefits of Living a Well-Structured Life


Well-Structured LifeAs a creative business owner, a well-structured life for me is one that’s full of meaning and purpose – not just consistency, deadlines, and goals. All are useful and valuable, but only within the context of doing work that you love and that’s on purpose for you.

If some of these foundational structures aren’t in place, the progress is going to be slow. It’s going to impact productivity.

And you can’t be creative when you’re in a place of overwhelm, scrambling, chaos, or working at the last second on deadlines. Flow works when it’s calm, when there’s downtime, when there’s breathing space, when there’s gentle movement.

“Habits are sacred because they give deliberate structure to our lives. Structure gives us a sense of security. And that sense of security is the ground of meaning.” – Robert Fulghum

3 Benefits of Living a Well-Structured Life

One benefit is that you don’t feel overwhelmed, chaotic, or out of control. You actually feel safe inside the boundaries of your structure and inside those boundaries, you have a lot of freedom and flow.

There’s a myth that creatives need a massive amount of flow. Yet remember, we’ve talked about the principal of creative constraints before. We’re actually more creative when we have constraints. For example, many books and articles have been written on the routines of CEOs or of the rich and famous. Having a morning routine is essential to starting your day off right.

My own morning routine begins with some coffee. I do some reading or studying, give myself five or ten minutes while I wake up to surf social media, but no more than that. By the time I’m done with my coffee and a little reading, I get a walk in, and maybe do some journaling or some art, so there’s a whole lot that happens for me before I sit down to my desk to go to work.

The biggest impact that I see is in my mindset for the day.

The second benefit to living a well-structured life is having more security and spaciousness. Many of you will remember how much your children craved structure. Typically, they want to eat on a schedule, go to bed on a schedule, and nap on a schedule. In addition to the time structure, they also want the structure of love and support from their parents and from their friends.

We’ll dig more into this and also reveal the third benefit in the full podcast. See you on YouTube!

IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN:

  • How living a well-structured life can have a profound impact on creative productivity
  • What happens when you don’t have clear systems in place
  • How to begin designing your well-structured life

 

 

LINKS:

The Importance of Having a Structured Lifestyle

The Structured Life: Rigid or Creative?

10 Ways To Know You Need Structure In Your Life!

 

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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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