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Posted on 17th June 2018 by Nekquai Adeniyi


Hold up. Sit back. You and I... we need to have a talk my friend. It's about you, your creativity, your potential and how you could be effing it all up with a lack of productivity.

But first, I'm gonna tell you a quick story. Come my dear...walk with me. I know I just told you to sit back but we're moving now, so keep up fam. So... we are gathered here today to mourn the death of productivity. More specifically, my productivity. Dw... we'll get onto you in a bit. But right now this is about me, so sit back and keep reading like the amazing person you are.

Lately, I have not been nearly as productive as I'd like. It started off well... I made plans, got an amazing casual summer job, and then I finished uni and it was like... you know what? I wanna chill. Let me not throw myself into everything so quick.

Did I listen to myself? Kmt. My number one issue, I'm telling you, is my eagerness to take advantage of opportunities. I will apply to EVERYTHING and then if and when I'm lucky enough to actually get those opportunities, I go into panic mode. Like f*** I didn't actually think I would get that. So what happens next? I just freeze. Fear takes a hold of my gut and squeezes and non-productivity begins to set in.

Don't get me wrong, I will do the work, but the work gets done halfway through the night or at 4am in the morning. I'll be stressed the entire time and joyless.

I know I'm not the only one who indulges in this madness. Fortunately, I do actually have friends who do the same thing. You know what I tell them? I look them dead in the eyes and say," you’re an idiot. I love you. But you're still an idiot." I don't say the same things to myself because that would be a lil narcissistic. Regardless, the main point remains. I'm an idiot.

So, in realisation of this horrible fact, I have made it my mission to share my experience and encourage other creatives NOT to be like me - be better. There could be a few things you could be doing to boost your productivity.

 

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Declutter! Tidy space, tidy mind

Creative people tend to be messy people, yes? If you said no, you may be lying to yourself. Either that or you don't know many creative people. Anyway... ever heard the phrase cleanliness is next to godliness? Well there's definitely some truth behind the fact that a tidy living / work area helps to contribute to higher levels of productivity. Unless you're lucky enough to have your own personal cleaner, I suggest you give your room a bit of a spruce up. Throw some stuff away, like that pizza box you said you'd make something out of and never did. You'll buy more pizza fam, there will be other opportunities to re-use cardboard.

 

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Get outside and out of your head!

You could be full of so many creative ideas but the thought of expressing them is overwhelming - solution? Stop thinking for a while. Take a breather, have a walk, sunbathe, call a friend, go hang out somewhere new or visit an art shop. Just get out of your room! Think of yourself as a little puppy dog - yapping away annoyingly at its owner until it gets a much needed run around. You'll feel the benefits later, trust me.

 

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One small step for man...or woman or... non binary person... you get the point

Small steps are said to be the way to success (ooh. Did you catch that amazing alliteration? I'm impressed with myself.) If you take the opportunity to plan and (shudders) organise yourself you will actually start to see your big goals as easier to achieve because you've broken them down into smaller, manageable tasks that seem easier to accomplish.

 

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Don't be a perfectionist!

Just begin! I know, I know.... I'm a hypocrite... but that doesnt mean you shouldn't listen to me. I'm telling you these things because despite the fact that I'm not taking my own advice, I know what I should be doing... I'm just a bit of an idiot. But you? You can be different. For you, my dear, there exists hope. Learn from my ridiculous ways and escape the path of non - productivity to reach your glorious goals. I'm rooting for you!

 

Written by Nekquai Adeniyi

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