October

New in The Book Club: Essentialism

New in The Book Club: Essentialism

I hope you enjoyed reading “Manage Your Day to Day” from 99U. I love learning about the strategies other successful artists have used to get past the challenges of running a creative business. “Manage Your Day to Day” offered a great overview of how we can create a daily routine that enables us to be creative and productive. Many of the artists featured in “Manage Your Day to Day” talked about making time for your best, most significant work, but didn’t offer much advice about how to determine what that work is.

Our next book, “Essentialism” by Greg McKeown, will do just that. “Essentialism” is a deep dive into how to determine where you should spend your time and strategies for eliminating the rest. 

What To Do When You Are Creatively Blocked

What To Do When You Are Creatively Blocked

We have all been there, you are working away and suddenly you encounter a huge creative block. No matter what you try, you just can’t get past it. When you are experiencing a creative block, resist the temptation to doubt yourself or “power through it.” Stop, take a step back, and ask yourself what kind of block you are experiencing. Once you know the nature of the problem, it will be easier to solve.

Creative blocks come in many forms. Here are six of the most common creative blocks and what you can do to get past them.

How to Make Time for Your Goals

How to Make Time for Your Goals

When I was an undergrad, I studied Latin and Ancient Greek. One night after I had finished translating a particularly difficult passage I took a step back and read what I had translated. The last line in the passage was so shocking that I remember it to this day. It read “Count no man happy until he is dead.”

What I Learned Using the Pomodoro Technique for a Week

What I Learned Using the Pomodoro Technique for a Week

Part of working in a creative industry is learning how to structure your day in a way that helps you get things done. A new method that I have put to the test is the Pomodoro Technique. After one week of using this technique I have made great strides in increasing my daily productivity, so read on and learn how to apply this technique to your work day. Be sure to download your free weekly planner sheet too!

"Manage Your Day to Day" Part 1

"Manage Your Day to Day" Part 1

I am excited to begin discussing our first Book Club Book: “Manage Your Day-to-Day” edited by Jocelyn Glei

Today we will cover the first section of the book: Building a Rock Solid Routine. This section is filled with insights from creative experts about how they use a daily routine to be more productive and achieve long-term goals.

I have included some questions to think about as well as some overall action steps for establishing your personal routine.