Individual Toolbox Guides Released

Note: The Creativity Toolbox is currently off the virtual shelves. If you’d like to purchase a copy, please email ali@constructivelyproductive.com. Maybe you looked at the Creativity Toolbox or the mini-Toolbox a while ago, and thought that looks great … but half of it doesn’t apply to me. For the first time, we’re selling the individual Guides...

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Five Great Posts to Help You Get Your House Ship-Shape – Fast

Five Great Posts to Help You Get Your House Ship-Shape – Fast

I’ll admit it – I’m not going to win any prizes for tidiness. I like things to be neat and organised, I’m just not very good at keeping them that way. I work at home, and it’s very easy for my office (aka the tiny box bedroom) to get cluttered up. The rest of the house – well, it’s best ignored. I don’t find cleaning particularly fulfilling....

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Why Digital Spring Cleaning Matters Too

Why Digital Spring Cleaning Matters Too

I’m tolerant of clutter – up to a point. Once the house gets too overwhelmingly messy, I find it hard to work and hard to relax. So, sooner or later, I crack and I clean things up. When it comes to digital clutter, though, I’m pretty good at ignoring it. An inbox stuffed with messages dating back two years? Check. A hard drive clogged up with old computer...

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Do Any of Your Dreams Need Recycling?

Do Any of Your Dreams Need Recycling?

Last week, I wrote a post over on my solo blog, Aliventures, and the title got a lot of my readers pretty worried. I called it “Why I’m Giving Up on My Dream” and I explained that for many years, I’d had the dream of finding an agent, landing a big publishing deal, and being able to make a living by writing novels all day. It’s a pretty popular dream...

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My Spring Cleaning Style’s Similarities to a Forest Fire

My Spring Cleaning Style’s Similarities to a Forest Fire

I’m not exactly what you would call domestic. I went out of my way to earn enough money so that I could hire a cleaning service and avoid ever scrubbing down my bathroom again. But every year, often with some surprise, I feel the need to do a little spring cleaning. I’ve got a theory, which could be entirely bunk, but here it is: after spending...

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What’s Happening in April on Constructively Productive

We decided that I’d better write today’s post, to stop Thursday pulling any April Fools pranks… We want to give you a heads-up on what we have planned here on Constructively Productive over the next month. During April, we’ll be having posts loosely themed around Spring Cleaning. Thursday and I will usually be publishing one post each...

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CustomerLove Japan Fundraiser – We’re In, Are You?

The Japan earthquake hit while we were at South by South West. Like so many other people around the world, we wanted to do something to help. That’s why we’re thrilled to be part of LaVonne Ellis’s “CustomerLove for Japan” - a 72-hour fundraiser (ending at 23.59 this Thursday) with an amazing collection of goodies if you donate...

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Even Introverts Need Company Sometimes

Even Introverts Need Company Sometimes

I’ve known for years that I’m an introvert. As a kid, I loved to curl up with a good book. Actually, that’s a bit of an understatement. I used to carry a book around pretty much everywhere. At coffee time after church, I’d normally be found reading. I’ve lost the reading habit a bit over the years (though almost any time I’m...

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How SXSW Got Us Here

How SXSW Got Us Here

This website is a direct result of SXSW. Ali and I knew each other online and had even discussed the idea of a site similar to what ConstructivelyProductive.com has wound up becoming. But we’d dismissed the idea, thinking that we couldn’t do it. You wouldn’t think one little trip to Austin would make that big of a difference. But the fact of the matter...

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5 Leadership Myth Busters

5 Leadership Myth Busters

When a leader tries to lead she usually ends up tripping over her own feet. This happens because she is trying to be all things to all people instead of leading from her heart. I’ve been there. A few months ago I was putting a big event together and instead of running the show like I should have done, I tried to be someone I wasn’t. By creating a fake...

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