3 Ways To Successfully Create Margin In Your Life

NOTE: This is a guest post from my friend and fellow creative, Dustin Pead. Dustin is the Creative Arts Pastor at Friendship Church on the Southside of Indianapolis. You can learn a little more about him here. Or connect with him on Twitter.

Creating Margin, margin, productivity, Darren A. Cooper, Dustin Pead, guest post

Most of us would say that we would be more creative if we just had more time, more room to think, room to create for no reason, room to just…be. This means we’re craving an essential part to being an effective creative.

Margin. The room to move quickly and freely to what we want or need to get done.

Creating successful margin in your life requires these three items:

1. Planning.

Margin doesn’t just happen on its on. If you feel like you’re always one or two steps behind in your projects or creative endeavors it’s probably because you haven’t planned for the unexpected items that inevitably creep up. If you “think” a task will take you an hour to complete, schedule 90 minutes. If you think you may run long in one particular song in your set, plan to go short on another.

2. Preparation.

Now that you’ve planned to have margin now you actually have to prepare for it. That might sound like the same thing but planning is in your brain, preparation is with your hands. What physical steps do you need to take to ensure you have the margin needed to be the best creative you can be? What needs to be added to your routine? What needs to be removed? Who needs to be involved? Who doesn’t?

3. Persistence.

Like anything else worth doing, creating margin takes a lot of work. Stick with it. Test it in one area of your life, one project, one track, one film, one shot. Once you see it work there, put the plan and preparation in place to have margin in every area of your life.

More Margin = Less Stress = Better Creative Thinking.

Question: How have you found ways to create margin in your creative process? Share your thoughts in the comments below.


NOTE: This is a guest post from my friend and fellow creative, Dustin Pead. Dustin is the Creative Arts Pastor at Friendship Church on the Southside of Indianapolis. You can learn a little more about him here. Or connect with him on Twitter.

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