What does working on multiple creative projects have in common with choreography?
In this talk, Tim Harford (aka The Undercover Economist) makes the case for a dance between one project and another. A dance in which - rather than mindless task-switching - we cross-pollinate ideas. Or simply give ourselves incubation time for one project, whilst getting on with another piece of work that’s also important.
(This is how I prefer to work outside my lumbering SAD months.)
Who is Tim Harford?
Tim Harford is both a journalist and radio presenter and the author of books such as:
On his list of favourite books Tim has both Twlya Tharp‘s The Creative Habit: Learn it and Use it for Life and Cal Newport‘s Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World, so he‘s clearly a man who thinks a lot about creative productivity.
Creative practice: there are no rules
There are so many different ways to approach productivity in our creative work. And with a few stats, you can probably make a good case for any of them.
In fact, the more I research into creativity and productivity - and the more people I coach on these topics - the more I’m convinced that the effectiveness of any approach is very much dependent on the personality of the person, as well as their current mood and circumstances.
But since we’ve recently been digging into the pro’s and con’s of deep diving versus working on multiple projects sequentially, I thought you might like be interested in this approach.
Take a listen and see what you think.
And then maybe go dance.