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Mind Management, Not Time Management: Productivity When Creativity Matters (Getting Art Done Book 2)

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In the course of talking about the importance of capturing good ideas, he talks about sending quotes, ideas, and links into an inbox. A digital nomad, Kadavy is sharing the tools that have helped him churn out numerous books, podcast episodes, and other writings. A few of the other things David helps us with in this book: Creative Cycles, Creative Systems, our Creative Sweet Spot, nourishing our interior Passive Genius, and other useful tools and paragigms that all work together. To use the strategy PowerPoint example above, it would be checking the grammar, cleaning up awkward wording, adjusting the layout of images and shapes. If you're in a place where you're mostly working solo or driving a creative venture (podcast/writing/self-branding empire) then this is a nice read to see how someone in the same boat solved his issues and built his routine, with (quite a large amount of) personal stories splashed in for color.

Thought-provoking for any of us who identify with Kadavy's self-description of constantly finding ways to do more and more things in less and less time. I didn’t have much time to think about what was going on during the book writing process, but once the smoked cleared, I began to get more fascinated by what, exactly, my brain was doing throughout all of this. Also, what happens when life throws you for a loop, and then another loop, and then you find out that those two loops were small compared to the next loop life throws you?

However, using our time well is only a part of the equation, the other part is ensuring that our minds are able to do their best work within that time, and that different creative activities require a variety of environmental optimizations. Reviewing my calendar for available time on when to work on this project, I declare to myself that I will spend an hour at 4:00 PM on a Monday afternoon, because that is the time I have at work. Mindfulness meditation is a powerful technique that enhances self-awareness and the ability to stay present, reducing stress and promoting mental clarity.

From a company’s perspective, they create strength “ by lavishly using the executive’s time,” [3] as Drucker noted, which results in the imposition of meetings and activities that don’t fit within a framework easily. This means that each time you perform a thought or action, you make it easier for your brain to reproduce that thought or action. I've been listening to David Kadavy's podcast for a long time, and I'm very glad he published this book because I always had the impression that a lot of what worked for him would also work well for me. As a result, if we can structure our time to take advantage of these differences we may see exponential results.However, if that exercise were to be scheduled at another time of day, its benefits would be reduced. But it's a damn good illustration and inspiration that it's you who have to work, through those very ups and downs, mishaps and sudden thunderstorms, to find what works for *you*, personally.

Make time for planning: Making planning a separate, dedicated activity has two benefits: 1) You can do it when your mental energy for planning is high (I like Sunday evenings), so that you do better planning, and 2) It frees up your precious prefrontal cortex to do other activities — since the planning and prioritization has already been done. The recap of the central concepts at the end of the book is especially helpful for putting Kadavy's approach into practice. This is because you have learned to harness the power of your own mind, and work with it as you face whatever life throws at you.I particularly enjoyed the Four Stages of Creativity, the Seven Mental States of Creative Work, the Minimum Creative Dose, and the Creative Sweet Spot. My one takeaway from this book is that I wish it was a bit more organized, it felt a bit all over the place although the content was great! My experience throughout my day shifted from being an amorphous blur of half-baked intentions that rarely became real, into a somewhat coherent and lucid progression.

Integrating mind and time management means aligning tasks with overarching goals and personal values, ensuring that each action contributes meaningfully to one’s journey.I have been thinking and writing a lot about Creativity Systems, so I could be guilty of fitting his arguments to my mental model, but it is encouraging to me. Your amygdala always wants you take the “safe” route, and will stifle your creativity, so you have to be wary of its power. I love the concepts about Four Stages of Creativity, the Seven Mental States of Creative Work, the Minimum Creative Dose, and the Creative Sweet Spot. Kadavy explains that we often cite the concept that we all have the same 24 hours per day which can lead us to falsely assume that they are created equal and we can simply map out the hours to schedule all that we must do. You may need to do a little (or a lot) of your own thinking and experimenting to get all the benefits this book offers, but the meat (or, insert your favorite plant-based protein) is there, if you are willing to eat it and digest it.

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