when "when" is good

May 12, 2008

A few weeks ago, I blogged about when “when” is bad. I meant to follow it right up with what you are about to read. But I had to wait until “when” I had time. It became a bad “when”. But “when” isn’t always bad.

I’ve previously written about using GTD before as a way of making creative space in my brain. It’s important to have a reliable way to capture ideas and to-dos so they aren’t rattling around in there. The more my mind is free, the more I can let it focus on creating or problem solving.

Creating space isn’t only valuable for the brain, but for the calendar as well. I find that I need to create blocks of time in my calendar to just get things done. I need to clear away distractions and concerns that might be looming over me. It is an exercise in creating space to “do”.

But just as important is the need to make space to “create”. This is the good kind of “when”. It is protected time to further develop that idea you had, that story you wanted to write, or painting that has been waiting for you. These are the projects that usually get pushed back because there is no external deadline.

Please don’t misunderstand. The good “when” is not a deadline you set for yourself. There are already enough deadlines in life. The good “when” comes when you block off some time in your calendar to just be, just create.

Now, go block off some time in your calendar. Do it in the next five minutes, or else…

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