Mind Management, Not Time Management: Productivity When Creativity Matters (Getting Art Done Book 2)

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Mind Management, Not Time Management: Productivity When Creativity Matters (Getting Art Done Book 2)

Mind Management, Not Time Management: Productivity When Creativity Matters (Getting Art Done Book 2)

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Mind Management, Not Time Management: Productivity When Creativity Matters is a gripping blend of inspiring insights and actionable practices that will make you want to grab pen and paper, put your fingers to strings, or start in on a blank canvas. We’re constantly bombarded with advice on how to manage our time more effectively to achieve our goals.

I like to do a “weekly review” (a term familiar to GTDers) in which I make a bullet point list of everything going on in the coming week. With Kadavy's principles, we can stop struggling to achieve solutions and start letting those solutions "come to us. I’ve delayed administrative tasks, like expense reports, scheduling meetings, or other administrative tasks until the end of the day, when my mind is less receptive to clear thinking. At points, it felt like a privileged person’s obsession with creating the perfect system to nurture and replenish creativity.Kadavy argues that there are seven mental states, and for us to maximize effectiveness, we need to understand when we are in each of them and how to align ourselves with them. Mind Management, Not Time Management makes constant creative progress seem attainable by offering actionable steps, delivering relatable anecdotes, and suggesting accessible tools.

In the scenario I described above, my energy is more attuned with the Administrate state at that 4:00 hour, which is "taking care of details that make your creative work possible. He was design advisor for behavioral scientist Dan Ariely’s productivity app, Timeful, where David’s “mind management” principles were applied to features now used by millions – in Google Calendar. Técnicamente si escribieras todos los días, por una hora, durante todo el año, habrías terminado tu libro; si escribieras dos horas al día, lo tendrías en medio año…y así sucesivamente.I didn’t have much time to think about what was going on during the book writing process, but once the smoked cleared, I began to get more fascinated by what, exactly, my brain was doing throughout all of this. It is not just information, but ways to renovate and restructure how we think about managing our lives to do the creative work better and with much less frustration. That does not say he didnt created a good podcast or is not a good graphic designer or dont have interesting life - his narative about himself just dont corelate with the reality in my eyes (I dont know all Davids work - to this time I read Heart To Start, this book and Davids newsletters, heard some podcast episodes). He offers tips on getting in the mood to do certain tasks, generating ideas, getting unstuck, and continually making progress. I think he dont have that much talent for writing, so it takes more work, but it is a bit presented like he was already there.

Given this struggle between your prefrontal cortex and amygdala, and the fact that your prefrontal cortex is so easily fatigued, it should be no surprise that rest is important to using your mind effectively. From a company’s perspective, they create strength “ by lavishly using the executive’s time,” [3] as Drucker noted, which results in the imposition of meetings and activities that don’t fit within a framework easily.My one takeaway from this book is that I wish it was a bit more organized, it felt a bit all over the place although the content was great! For example, when I was writing my book, I admittedly had a difficult time managing my mental energy. Kadavy acknowledges them and even enlightens us to one of his favorites (David Allen's Getting Things Done). This means that each time you perform a thought or action, you make it easier for your brain to reproduce that thought or action.

Thought-provoking for any of us who identify with Kadavy's self-description of constantly finding ways to do more and more things in less and less time. To give you a sense of how these mental states operate on us, let’s assume that I want to create a presentation to propose a new strategy for my company. It’s not the first book I would recommend for productivity or creativity, but it was just right for me and the work I’ve been struggling with. Creativity Systems (my phrase) require gathering good thoughts, making space for the Passive Genius for inspiration, and working based on mental state.To use the strategy PowerPoint example above, it would be checking the grammar, cleaning up awkward wording, adjusting the layout of images and shapes. Your brain is plastic: Every time your neurons fire, it makes it easier for those same pathways to fire again. It is about living in an unstructured environment, where valuable ideas spring from novel connections: the intriguing marketing plan that catapults your company forward, writing a book worth reading, or designing a garden that brings peace and beauty to your property.

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