Creatives can’t get organised. Myth or truth?

It’s true that creative people need different ways to organise themselves because traditional methods usually don’t work too well for them.

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to organising; in fact, since each person is unique, each person’s organising system should also be different.

Let’s look at four areas to organise yourself for success:

  1. Attitude
    It’s a myth that creative people can’t work in a structured environment. On the contrary, having a bit of structure in your life actually enables you to be even more creative and to do better work.

A few years ago, a client emailed to tell me how she’s been energised and has been creating beautiful things again.

What was the difference in her life? We’d worked on organising her office space and within the new-found order, she could be creative once again.

Stop telling yourself that you can’t be organised; rather tell yourself that you organise yourself in non-traditional ways.

  1. Schedule
    Traditionally, we’ve all been told to work according to the clock. I’m telling you to work with your energy cycles; don’t try to battle them.

If you know that you go through a bit of a slump around lunch time, maybe that’s when you want to run errands or exercise to give yourself an energy boost.

If you design websites and you know that you’re most creative at midnight, then design your websites at midnight  Who made the rule that you have to start working at 8am?

  1. To-do list
    Scrap the to-do list. Yes, you read that correctly. The to-do list may set you up for failure especially when you feel you’re not getting things done.

Rather use an Eat the Frog list. This list helps you be more flexible so you only need to get the most important things done. My clients are always a bit shocked when I tell them, “the fewer items you have on your list, the better it is”. Just make sure those are truly important things on your list.

  1. Workspace
    When you can find your equipment and supplies easily, your valuable energy is used for actual creativity and not wasted on looking for things.

It’s so important to have your workspace set up according to your organising style. Are you a visual, auditory or kinesthetic learner? Are you a paper or electronic person? Maybe the reason you can’t seem to get your papers organised is because you’re actually an electronic person.

I’ve had clients with very messy offices whose computers are perfectly organised, and vice versa. It’s so important to play to your strengths.

My friend, Suzanne, admitted on the podcast that she hadn’t been creating because her workspace was too messy. She then took up my challenge to organise her environment so she could create again. Look at these fantastic results!

My challenge to you
Check your attitude and start telling yourself you can get more productive once you organise according to your style.

Tag me on instagram to come see your workspaces and creative environments. I can’t wait to see.

Are you creative? What are your particular challenges with regard to your workspace?

PS I wrote about my space to create on the blog before.

Are you rewarding yourself?

My default setting is to go, go, go.

And as such, I keep striving and reaching towards the next thing, without taking a moment to just enjoy having accomplished something.

Strangely, I’m good at the material rewards like buying a handbag (!) but not so much the resting and rejuvenating types of rewards.

I purposed that when this book was done, I’d reward myself by taking some time off.

So for June, I’m going to do nothing other than write the weekly newsletter and a few blogs, and finish planning my trip to the US. That’s a rest for me 🙂

Of course, I’ll still be taking TONS of pics and planning my twins’ third birthday party. Some of you have been reading since I was pregnant and no, I can’t believe they’re nearly three either.

Why should we reward ourselves after we accomplish a goal or do something we’re proud of?

It helps us to mark the occasion, take stock and celebrate properly.

Your reward should ideally be in proportion to how much work you put in to get something done.

I always tell people – it may not be the best use of your time to take a 15-minute break after organising your desk for 15 minutes 🙂 A great idea if you’ve just spent an hour filing – yes!

Here are some ways to reward yourself:


  1. bubble bath
  2. cup of tea and reading a book/ magazine
  3. chatting with a friend
  4. spending time baking/ cooking a special dish
  5. spending time creating

(I’ll be doing a lot of the last two this month)


  1. buying a little gift for yourself, whether physical or experiential
  2. getting that something you’ve wanted for a while, even if it seems frivolous
  3. going out for a meal with your family/ friends
  4. getting a beautiful handbag (this is my reward most birthdays)
  5. movie date with yourself

What is your preferred way to reward yourself?

PS If you haven’t got your copy of Live Organised yet,  remember you get Break out of overwhelm f.r.e.e if you buy it before 1 June.

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