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Gotta love that creative crunch

Many of us may experience a creative block, or a lack of productivity, when deadines are well in front of us, which could affect our motivation to start a project. Then we may find our creative juices flowing vigorously when deadlines are upon us. There’s that last minute high—that feeling of great accomplishment—when we actually pull something off so close to when it’s due! Can you relate? If so, you’re not alone. Chances are if you’re intimately familiar with the creative crunch, it’s part of your behavioral fiber, which can be tough to change. —And some may not want to change it anyway because it feels so darn good.

However, the last-minute creative crunch can be a lot less stressful, and much more enjoyable and productive, if you’ve done some planning, and taken those less than creative, yet necessary, small-steps well ahead of the deadline (i.e., transcribing research or meeting notes, jotting down and gathering random ideas or input from others, listing what’s completed and what needs to be done, etc.). This will leave your last minute activities focused on the creative aspect of your project (i.e., writing, strategizing, preparing for a presentation, etc.).

If you really enjoy the last minute creative crunch, prepare well for it and enjoy!


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