I have been thinking a little lately about how I use my time during the day, and the general answer is “Not Very Well.” So, I’m looking for feedback on how other creative people structure their time. Having a day job, taking a class, and being a mom means that my free time is too often not in a solid chunk, so how do I make the most of what little free time I have? How do I make my time at work more efficient and productive? How do I schedule dedicated time for projects (both personal and professional) knowing that there are going to be interruptions (at work, hot items come in all the time that need to be bumped above other more long-term projects; at home, the latest homework crisis needs to be solved and dinner on the table before I can work on an in-progress creative work).

Do you schedule time for “play” and experimentation? Do you have time scheduled at work for “office hours” so to speak, and “do not disturb” time to work on projects that require more focus and sustained concentration? Certain days of the week to work on “administrative” (self-promotion, paying the bills, planning, etc.)?

I’m really interested to hear how others approach this, because I think my current seat-of-the-pants approach is no longer working for me as I add more and more to my to-do list.

2 thoughts on “Chaos! Or, How Do You Schedule Your Day?

  1. William Kazak

    If I have a paying assignment, such as a wedding, people are excited and eagerly awaiting to see their pictures as soon as possible. This means that I rally myself regardless of my energy levels. If I am covering an event such as the Acoustic Jam and Potluck every thursday night at Paul Henry’s Art Gallery in Hammond, Indiana, I can take up to a week to post the photographs online on Facebook. Everyone has a chance to see them. I work raw files from the camera in my favorite editing program which is Adobe Lightroom. I take my time, as my schedule permits. It can take all week to post them because I come in with anywhere from 500-1,500 images. Facebook is quirky and unpredictable sometimes, so that adds more time.


  2. melissa Post author

    William, I’m not sure I really understand your comment. I’m not talking about energy levels, or getting things done, I’m asking about scheduling your time and planning ahead to avoid multitasking to the point of distraction. Is photography your main gig, or something you do creatively on the side? How do you plan time for the editing and follow-up when you know you have an event coming up? What are the other obligations you balance with those duties?


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