unconventional time management for people who aren't machines

If you are a creative whose efforts to get organized aren't working, here's what I most want you to know: it's not you, it's your systems.

Conventional approaches to organization are designed by and for more linear thinkers. Those models will never be effective for someone whose mind doesn't work that way. And those models are based on a limited view of Time itself. Time is more flexible than fixed. It's more spiral than arrow. It's more relationships than measurements. It's more dimension than force. Like you and your brain, it has properties ignored by the average day planner.

When you approach organization with tools and techniques designed around the way Time actually works and the way your brain naturally thinks, you can shape Time to your liking. Time can become a space you can navigate with confidence. A space where doing what needs doing is more joy than struggle. A space that feels as comfortable as your favorite clothes and as satisfying as an exquisitely prepared meal. A space where there is some space. A space where you can be yourself and still be successful.

Sculpting Time is all about composition - the skillful arrangement of elements - something as a creative you already understand better than you realize. Effectively planning your week or creating systems to keep track of the details are just a matter of mastering this particular medium. The Atelier of Time is a studio school devoted to just such mastery.

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Both a good old-fashioned letter and an extension of the classrooms here at the Atelier of Time, each issue of the Aerogramme includes news about what’s happening with me and the Works, along with an exploration of a practical, actionable time-management idea that will make a difference in your everyday life. Get your first missive.
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Hi, I’m Cairene

Cairene MacDonald is an organic time-management educator who works with self-employed creatives who want to get organized and get things done without fighting Time or themselves. She is currently focused on sculpting calendars, curating to-do lists and crafting systems with members of her signature program, The School of the Fourth Dimension – a learning community devoted to right-brain-friendly productivity.