Are we clocking or boxing creativity?
I have an assignment at hand that was hard-pressed for timeline, sometimes we say deadline… believe me, I don’t want to be dead reaching that. Above all, I value excellence in my work and want to create quality work but the ideas are slowing down and the clock is ticking TIK TOK. Heard this new information, If I just hide the clock, one can be more creative? Can creative blocks be handled by putting the clocks away? I am not looking for creative ideas all the time sometimes we just need to do a task in a limited time available.
Have you heard about Clock-Timers vs. Event-Timers?
Sociologists can rightly be accused of routinely dividing the world into two groups, says Robert Levine, a professor of social psychology at California State University, Fresno. With regards to how humans relate to time, he explains, they’ve done it again: Clock timers – The clock timers are the people who schedule everything right from waking up to the social engagements and the “Event timers” is .by contrast those who work on tasks until they feel they are done and they feel that they have more control over their schedules
What is your style to manage time? Are you by the clock or by the To-Do list? And how do I manage the dreaded deadline meanwhile?
Now you must be wondering Why? How can one live without boxing the day into slots of productivity? Do we have evidence that running your life by the clock can hinder your creativity or absence of time pressure guarantee that people would be more creative or happier? Certainly not.
Which Scheduling Style Encourages Creativity? New research has found that workers on strict, clock-based schedules are generally less happy and feel as if they have less control over their lives than workers who organize their days by task. Even the presence of a clock alone was found to hinder creative thinking among study participants.
After some thought, What’s the best way forward is the balance and combination of the two, Like most things, it’s best not to see one scheduling style as “better” than another.
Obviously, we all have to live by the clock at times, when we need to attend a meeting, be at work at a certain time, or arrive at an event without being late. We have been ruled by the idea of clock-time. If you think about it, this is a relatively new development in our evolution. Our ancient ancestors, for instance, were more likely to be event-timers, they harnessed the natural rhythm of nature. They tend to savour positive emotions more, perhaps because they move on from an activity when they sense it is complete, rather than when the clock tells them to. Meanwhile, I ended up spending all my time understanding the difference between clock timers and event timers, I did understand my style of managing time….