Episode 118: How You Can Manage Your Workflow to Improve Productivity


“Theory is splendid but until put into practice, it is valueless.” – James Cash Penney, founder of JC Penney

Workflow

We’re always playing with that tension between structure and flow, so that we can bring the best of our findings to you – our beloved, creative community. Today we’re sharing how you can manage your workflow to improve creative productivity.

How do we allow for more creative breakthroughs to emerge?

Think of it literally as work flowing from one stage to the next, whether that’s through a colleague, tool, or another process. You can execute a full workflow alone (like writing, editing and publishing a blog post), or it can involve multiple people (like invoicing a client).

Different types of workflow to consider improving in your daily work:

  1. Your physical space and how you set it up for ease of flow – like in an art studio, wood shop, writing desk, or other manufacturing space.
  2. Your creative process – how do you begin? You might think it’s different every time but if you start tracking, you will surprise yourself as you probably have internal processes you aren’t even conscious of. How can being more conscious make you more productive?
  3. Group projects with multiple players – need a more formal and often visual, automated representation of workflow to show stages of a project, who is responsible for what and the order of the work. This could be a diagram or a checklist.
  4. Creative projects with many steps/tasks – use a spreadsheet, bullet journal or app like Trello, Asana or other to be able to track your projects and your progress. This not only improves productivity but helps you to manage your time, and predict the amount of time needed for tasks and create invoices based on time.

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IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN:

  • Differences between workflow(s) and systems
  • How to begin setting up better, more creative workflow for yourself (& team)
  • What the most successful writers, artists, and businesspeople say about waiting for inspiration
  • How to get curious about creating workflow(s) for different parts of your creative business

 

Links

Lisa Congdon class on CreativeLive for designers/artists/illustrators

 

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Transcript

 

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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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