Episode 86: The Creative Entrepreneur’s 3 Biggest Productivity Challenges 1


Productivity

“There is often a huge chasm between being busy and being productive.” – Jonathan Fields

As a creative entrepreneur, do you find yourself falling into the popular cult of being busy? Me too, I’m raising my hand here. In some mompreneur and blogger circles where I hang out on social media, being busy has become super trendy and popular. Being busy means that we’re clearly filling our time with something useful and meaningful, right? Brad and I started digging into this and we discovered that busy doesn’t equal productivity. In fact, they’re actually not the same thing at all.

So what are the 3 biggest productivity challenges for us today? Let’s dive in…

1. Constant hyperactivity.

Every time we pause for a moment standing in line at Starbucks, the bathroom, or the grocery store, we’re checking your phone. Or first thing in the morning when we’re most creative and our thoughts are open, we’re scanning the headlines for the day. We’re actually stealing away our productivity and trading away opportunities for our brain to generate those great flow ideas.

2. Lack of planning.

Overwhelm always flows from lack of clarity and lack of clarity flows from lack of planning. That all starts with a big plan, a one-year plan, a two or three-year long vision. All the way down to a quarterly plan, to a monthly plan, to a daily plan. Those structures and systems are in place to support the plan productivity, so that we both have space for creativity and flow.

3. Rebelling against structure.

Consider introducing creative constraints into your work, which is where you commit to getting a project done in a certain amount of time. Or where you only have one browser window open with some content direction versus creating in a total vacuum. Famous writers talk about showing up every single day to write. When it comes to building your business, you have to show up to build your business every single day.

Now that you’re aware of the 3 biggest productivity challenges, meet us over at the podcast to discover how they’re disrupting your genius ideas and creative flow.

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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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