We all have friends that insist being disorganised is critical to being creative — if you don't have that friend it's likely you are that friend! — but nothing could be farther from the truth. organisation provides a f8uramework for your creative energy.
In the above video clip Joan Rivers shows off the prodigious creation and cataloguing of jokes she undertakes. Love or hate her comedic style she's been entertaining audiences since the 1970s with those jokes. She doesn't walk onto the stage and just throw out something funny she thought about on the ride over to the theatre, she's spent a lifetime writing down and organising her creative energy. At the productivity blog Student of Change they highlight the power of such focus and organisation:
Organization is in part about being prepared for the moment when insight strikes. It's about creating the conditions for creativity to flourish, so that when you enter into creation mode, your physical world is set up to support you. Being organized also creates the mental order that many people need to be able to put aside mundane things and enter a creative head-space.
Whatever form your organisation system will take you'll need to get started. Take a look at some of our great guides to getting your organisation and management system whipped into shape including The End-All Guide to Getting Out From Under Your Office Crap, Clean Out Your To-Do List for Guilt-Free Productivity and How to Maintain a Project List that Doesn't Crush Your Soul. If you're really feeling like there is no way you'll ever get your physical environment under control make sure to check out my office makeover. My old office was such a horrible wreck I didn't even want to be in it and now I love working in it.
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