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    Your work style sounds a lot like mine. It has taken me time to come to recognize the ebb and flow of my own creative energy. A lot of outsiders assume software development is a mechanical process like building a house and don’t understand it’s a creative process.

    When I’m in the zone and focused, my productivity knows no bounds. I’ve been known to come in early, stay late and skip lunch because I’m so engrossed in what I’m doing. When I’m not inspired or the project doesn’t particularly interest me, it’s a huge struggle. Progress is virtually nonexistent until I can find my motivation. Shorter projects tend to interest me more than long ones.

    I really think companies need to do more to accommodate their creative employees’ need to generate that creativity. An AP clerk is important, but he or she isn’t going to transform the business. The graphic artists, videographers, programmers and copy writers can, and those processes aren’t done with blueprints or based on a measurable queue of work.
    .-= Charles Robinson´s last blog ..How to cook pot roast in 42 short hours! =-.

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    Charles: Someone I follow on Twitter, @BigBrightBulb, recently hipped me to some really cool planning tools that seem like they’re geared around following the ebb and flow of your own energy. You could check it out here. I thought the “Productivity Planner Series” looked particularly interesting.

    And yeah, I do the same “forget to eat” thing when I’m really in the zone and motivated.

    Working at an advertising agency, we get probably a bit more latitude for the need to generate creativity than most employees. Since for me personally, I spent most of my career outside the agency environment, I often have to remind myself to take that latitude, instead of assuming it’s the same culture I was used to in the corporate world.

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