Tool Kit to Manage your Creativity

by Barbara Martin

in Creativity at Work, How to Tips

Do you have a well stocked creativity kit within easy reach? In his self-coaching manual Coaching the Artist Within, psychologist and creativity expert Eric Maisel recommends you keep a special collection of organizational and management tools together in a box or in a handy spot. Doing so will help you stay organized and productively on track with your creative work.

What goes in the box? Maisel recommends you begin with four items to help you self-coach your creative life.

Basic Productivity Tools for Creative Projects:

  • project log.

    This is a record you keep for each project or piece you work on. It might be a single sheet of paper for each project, or perhaps a small notebook, to chronicle the development of each story/song/painting.

  • daily calendar.

    Use a daily calendar to record each day’s creative goals. At the end of the day, write your comments on the progress you made toward the goals you listed earlier.

  • creativity to-do list pad.

    This is an ongoing permanent list to help you plan, organize and calibrate your creative life. Cross off items as you go and add new ones as they occur. This is a never ending lifetime list to help you track your creative efforts and review and manage your progress.

  • meaningful object or totem(s).

    This is any tangible object that helps you connect with your creativity in an intensely private way. Maisel himself uses certain postcards and photos as well as a smooth pebble he squeezes as part of a creativity ritual to jumpstart and maintain his commitment – and his productivity level.

  • Additional Useful Items to Include

    Besides the above, you can customize your creativity kit to include anything you find especially meaningful or helpful or inspirational.

    Maisel recommends you include practical reminders to yourself about ways to stay focused and on track, techniques for handling anxiety, or whatever you prefer as a means to prime, organize and manage your creativity.

    I suppose you could even include a copy of his self-coaching book, Coaching the Artist Within or copies of exercises you find especially helpful.

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    Pace July 15, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Ooh! I think this might help Kyeli, too! Kyeli was talking earlier today about how she was experiencing writer’s block. I think these ideas will work for writing too! Thanks for sharing!

    Gretchen Wegner July 15, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    I love the idea of a toolkit! I actually keep a basket near my bed and it includes all my art supplies: markers, scissors, glue, old magazines, cardstock. So it LITERALLY has the tools I need for creative journaling and “art card” making. However, I like the idea of a totem. And it wouldn’t be a bad idea for me to add a set of my MuseCubes to the basket as well!

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