Wednesday, May 21, 2014
May already? Where is the year going, right?
There is never enough time these days, allegedly. Modernity took our idleness from us.
And yet we all find time to procrastinate.
I use the phrase 'find time' deliberately, by the way. Realistically the problem is not a lack of hours, but what we make time for.
Filmmakers, amongst meetings and projects, still find time to read a book.
Parents, amongst feedings and sleepless nights, still find time to update Facebook.
And so on.
Making productive time available, I'll grant you, is the trick. But there are ways.
The simplest is to ask yourself, and anyone else pitching a project, a basic question. Keep in mind, however, that this question inspires fear in the hearts of many would-be creatives. They will go out of their way to avoid it if they can.
You want to finish that script by when?
That film is ready to be shot. By when?
The project needs a pitch document created by when?
It's not a complicated phone app for productivity, or a nuanced methodology written by a self help guru.
It's being brave enough to give yourself a deadline, when no-one is asking.
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