An interesting article over at The 99 Percent about getting creative things done, rather than just getting things done.  

As mentioned, the problem faced by to-do list creatives is that we cannot afford to integrate Graham's long stretches of uninterrupted work into our schedules. (Though we might want to dedicate a full day to one project, our bosses might disagree.) With this in mind, the GCTD system attempts to replicate the two benefits of uninterrupted work, as described above, in a more realistic, logistics-respecting workday structure.

This is definitely something I've been struggling with lately, and a look at my work calendar quite clearly shows why.  Back to back meetings, or meetings with just half an hour or so in between them.  I attempted to follow the advice in the article and block out some creative/thinking time, and found 2.5 free hours back to back in 10 days time.  I decided this wasn't good enough, so have found 2 hours next Monday morning.  The problem is that mornings aren't my best thinking time, so I'm shoe-horning my thinking time into the free slots in my calendar rather than at my peak thinking and creative time.  Along with my email addiction experiment I need to manage my calendar better.  

Another commitment: I will own my calendar and rearrange meetings into my least creative/productive times rather than just accepting what other people impose upon me.