I was trying out a new dinner recipe the other day when the following thought popped into my head: wouldn’t it be great if you could just follow a recipe to enhance your productivity when doing creative work? It then occurred to me that it’s possible.
After all a recipe is nothing more than a manual – a set of (simple) instructions to follow so that something can be achieved.
Since I work full-time and often need to make time for my craft and blogging activities on the weekends, I thought that those of you who are facing the same challenge might like to read about this idea of me creating a recipe for a productive weekend:
1 sheet of paper (A3-A0)
1 thick felt-tip pen in an outrageous colour (I like purple)
1 small piece of Blutack
1 inspirational quote or motivational statement
2-4 hours of uninterrupted time
Materials required for your creative work (i.e. craft, sewing, art materials or if you are a writer, your laptop or writing pad)
— Athena Lam (@PicPortfolios) September 11, 2014
1. Take your sheet of paper and felt-tip pen and write your inspirational quote or motivational statement down in large letters.
2.Use Blutack (or a similar product) to hang your sheet of paper on a wall or door. Make sure that you can see it from your work space.
3. Read the statement or quote aloud to make it a point of reference. This will be your mantra. If your mind wanders and you suddenly find yourself distracted, read the statement/quote again to focus your mind on the present task.
4. Focus on your work for 2-4 hours and do not accept interruptions.
Following this recipe once or twice per weekend is bound to increase the amount of stuff you can get done before you get back to your day job each week. Using this recipe I have managed to make 35 greeting cards and 26 hand-sewn lavender sachets in 16 hours (that’s 2×4 hours spread over two weekends) and I didn’t have to give up any of my other weekend activities; nor neglect my house work.
Of course the proof is in the pudding (or in this case in the image below). Enjoy! And let me know how you get on if you decide to give this a go.
Until next time,