I have worked in corporate as well as worked on my own. The clear learning on productivity and getting things done is this…
In corporate, the goals are defined well along with the timeline. We always talked in the language of “calendar weeks”. Ex. this project needs to be delivered in calendar week 15. And then there were defined actions through out the weeks on each day leading to that. So, whenever I looked at my coming week, I pretty much knew what all I am supposed to get done. Yes, there was flexibility in there in accordance to the changing tasks too.
On my own, the structure is not as defined as above. Things feel too intuitional and too much attention is given to the will over the discipline. As a result the goals are blurry and the plan to reach them is undefined. It’s not like I don’t know what I am supposed to do or where I am supposed to head but the overall approach is unstable.
Here is what I am applying to this creative life from corporate.
I am more keen on setting monthly goals followed by weekly schedules to get there. Ex. putting down next 5 weeks calendar for the Youtube channel. This way I do not enter a day or a week lost and dependent on the self-motivation. Rather, I am putting my self in the “discipline” of doing. So, far it is going decent (I am just a week in it). I will keep you posted at the end of the 4–5 weeks about my learnings through it.