Making time for creativity

I like to think that my job is quite a creative one. Yeah, computers are dull robot machines that aren't capable of intelligent thought (well, not yet, anyway). But the act of programming that computer - telling it (or increasingly, nowadays, teaching it) how to perform tasks that are useful to human beings - is a very creative endeavour.

Unfortunately, creativity is all too often elusive.

The pressure of work, the client emergency, fire-fighting, shopping, your boiler exploding - they all get in the way.

So you have to make time for it.

I now start earlier and work later - but keep a couple of hours in the middle of the day just to myself. Walk the dog, have a slow lunch, sit around. The extra space makes all the difference and when I go back to work in the afternoon, I find I get more done - and the solutions I come up with are better and slicker.

Because, if it's important, you have to make the time for it.

Rahoul Baruah

Rahoul Baruah

Rubyist since 1.8.6. Freelancer since 2007, dedicated to building incredible, low-cost, bespoke software for tiny businesses. Also CTO at Collabor8Online.
Leeds, England