Creative Constraints Are Good For You

Imagine This Scenario

  • I want a website for my new startup.
  • The startup centers around Bitcoin.
  • The website should have 5 pages, here are the pages: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
  • The website should have a green color palette to match our branding.
  • The website should provide information about this Bitcoin-related start-up. This will influence the copy, the design, and the imagery you use.
  • Now that you know the website contains 5 pages, you can work on creating mockups for those pages.
  • The website should have a green color palette to match the company’s branding. You can now create a color palette using the company logo as a base.

Applying Constraints

  • Parkinson’s Law states that work expands to fill the time available.
  • Setting time constraints on your tasks allows you to get more done.
  • Work to the Pomodoro Technique and measure your tasks in how many Pomodoros they’ll take to complete.
  • Time constraints also give you a sense of urgency to work on each task instead of procrastinating.
  • Don’t use your phone on weekdays.
  • Only check social media once a day for 15 minutes.
  • Only do work in the office, only watch TV in the living room, only eat in the kitchen.

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