Time Management and Creatives

Do you find yourself losing track of time? Have you tried using to-do lists, but find they frustrate you. Are you the sort of person who enjoys the pressure of coming up against a deadline? Perhaps it gives you that surge of adrenaline to complete things at the the last minute when everyone else is convinced that you were going to miss the deadline, but you know you work best under pressure, is your desk seen by others to be an in-desk and are surprised when you know where everything is?

It could be that you are a creative right brain thinker and this affects the way you think about and manage your time.

Right Brain Vs Left Brain

Right-brain-thinkers tend to have cluttered work areas; put off starting or completing a project until deadline pressure bears heavily on them; enjoy working on several projects at once in short spurts, constantly jumping from one project to another in what appears to be a haphazard way, and stick only loosely to time schedules; and often fall victim to other distractions.

Left-brain-thinkers tend to have orderly work areas, (a place for everything and everything in place) they tend to work on one project at a time in a methodical manner, setting goals and realistic schedules to meet them, keeping organised files and finding interruptions annoying.

The problem

A large percentage of the delegates I get on my time management workshops are right brain thinkers who have been sent by their left brain managers.

Their managers get frustrated when they do not get the plans and schedules that they expect, and feel that they always have to chase team members, to get the information they require. This in turn frustrates the right brain thinker, as they feel that are not trusted to get on with the projects in hand, and are constantly being asked to justify how they are spending their time.

In truth no one way is better than the other, it is just different, nearly everyone is a mix of both right- and left-brain tendencies, but one side is usually dominant in most people.

What really needs to happen is for both managers and their team members to fully understand how being a left or right brain thinker can affect the way we not only manage our time but also a number of other areas of work, why are most time management techniques aimed at left brain thinkers and most problem solving techniques aimed at right brain thinkers, that will have to be another blog.

Want to know if your right brain or left brain drop me a line [email protected]

Till Next Time

The Time Doctor – Mike Gardner

Mike Gardner aka ‘The Time Doctor’ and is highly regarded as one of the UK’s leading Time Management and productivity specialists. As well as being regularly featured in both online and off-line media outlets around the world, he is the author of the best selling time management book, Business Owners: Your Family Misses You. He regularly speaks on topics that are congruent with his mission of helping small business owners, entrepreneurs and independent professionals to be incredibly productive, whilst still balancing their business and family commitments in a way that enables them to feel fulfilled and guilt-free. He is an avid Aston Villa fan, a Dad to Neil & Emma, a hubby to Wendy and in his role as an Officer with the reserve forces, he has completed operational tours of Iraq and Afghanistan.

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6 thoughts on “Time Management and Creatives

  1. Oh, yes. I am odd because at times I seem completely right brained, but then people tell me I am so “by the book” left brained. Strange… but I do lean both ways. And when I was in school, I turned in my term papers EARLY. How’s that for weird for a creative type?

    Great read, Mike. I just noticed we both have daughters named Emma.

    I have enjoyed visiting you as a part of the Ultimate Blog Challenge!

    • Hi Julie, As with Diane you are probably somewhere in the middle. The school side of things is usually a good pointer, left brain thinkers will have dissertations and thesis completed and be wondering what type of paper to print on, whist the right brain thinker is just starting to write it up.

  2. I am definitely more right brained! I get everything done on time (usually ahead of time) but I bounce around between different tasks at work. I like to tell my coworkers there is a method to my madness, but every day i seem to have a different “method”.

  3. What an interesting concept. You can definitely see your side of the brain at work with the examples you have provided. Thank you for this post!