I am guilty of this, as many of you will be.
If I have a big project and a deadline, It would be done the day before the deadline not the month or week before. That’s not to say there was no thought going on, or ideas evolving in my mind.
I’m not a LAZY person, far from it. However, I do think if your business is a creative one, you need time for ideas to come to fruition and you need to feed your creative brain. That might take place on a walk (nature is great for this) or an art gallery, or meeting a fellow freelancer to bounce ideas around. People approach work in a different way.
I can have a big project looming and still be on Twitter! BUT that’s not particularly social for me, it’s more gentle networking. I reckon that’s true for most of the Twitterati.
Once all my ideas/methods are gathered, I can really concentrate and knock out the projects. Yesterday, three projects got finished and sent. It’s because I had a self imposed deadline. I had my son with a couple of free hours to take my photographs….so I had to be ready…..and I was!
Now, off to meet friends for lunch. #feedingmycreativebrainliterally!

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  • Reply Gill Forrester - Soap Artisan at The Little Soap Kitchen February 7, 2014 at 10:28 am

    This is so me! Im so glad there are others out there doing the same as me.

    I like to be organised, so you would think I would have things done with weeks to spare, but, like you, I find I need to feed my creativity. Rather than just get on with an order, I like to think about it and make it a little bit different or special for the person I am working with.

    I am currently working on two sets of soapy wedding favours and have been printing out bespoke messages on satin ribbon for wrapping. This has held up the wrapping a little bit, but the extra time I have spent using my “creativeness” has given us the most gorgeous, unique favours, with a week and a bit to spare…phew!

    So, it’s true, when making something for someone, you really do need to take time out and think about how you are going to make it different, whilst keeping in mind the customers brief. Once all your thoughts are gathered, and your mind is clear, you really can get busy and it all works out in the end!

    • Reply GiftFrippery February 8, 2014 at 1:20 pm

      Haha! A fellow procrastinator! I’m interested in your ribbon. Do you actually print it yourself? How?

  • Reply Hayley February 27, 2014 at 10:49 am

    I work in an environment which is generally less creative and more business but my work often focuses on innovations. Sometime I just need to take time for thinking! It’s not a waste it often solves problems

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