Review: Do More Great Work

Review: Do More Great Work

What do you do most days? Do you do great work? Or do you do ho-hum, everyday, could-be-replaced-by-a-robot work? It’s a question that doesn’t just matter to employees — rather it’s something that all of us have to consider day in and day out. That great work, at home, might translate to spending time reading to your kids or, in your own...

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The Creativity Toolbox: Get Your Creative Gears Turning Again

The Creativity Toolbox: Get Your Creative Gears Turning Again

Note: The Creativity Toolbox is currently off the virtual shelves. If you’d like to purchase a copy, please email ali@constructivelyproductive.com. You’ve been doing your creative thing for a while. Perhaps you even started as a kid – drawing sketches of friends, scribbling stories in notebooks, making up your own songs. It felt easy, once....

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Are You Pushing Too Hard to Be Creative?

Are You Pushing Too Hard to Be Creative?

You’ve had days when you’ve really, really tried to be creative – and it’s been a huge struggle. You probably made checklists, thought about next actions, set a timer. The pressure was on, and you told yourself that you were going to get your project done, damnit. I know I’ve done this. With writing, there are a lot of easy metrics...

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Why I’m Excited to be Back at Work

Why I’m Excited to be Back at Work

Three years ago, I hated dragging myself into my day job after a vacation. I’d had a taste of what I loved – time to write, sleep in, eat leisurely meals, enjoy time with family – and suddenly I was straight back into the working world. Ever accidentally hopped in the shower when it was running cold? For lots of folks, heading back to work after...

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Too Lazy to Fail

Too Lazy to Fail

The fact of the matter isn’t that I get excited about pouring every waking hour I have into my work. The reality of the matter is that I’m simply too lazy to fail. I’m too lazy to commute into an office job. I’m too lazy to be willing to earn a living doing manual labor, like construction. I’m even too lazy to mow my own lawn....

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Getting into the Spirit of the Season

Getting into the Spirit of the Season

I’ve got a rhythm in how I handle my day, which I’ve put plenty of thought into. But I’ve only recently started thinking about what the seasons mean for me. Sure, on the surface, I know that I have plenty of seasonal habits — during the winter, I make pots and pots of soup, while it makes much rarer appearances on the dinner table in the...

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Put Your Own Value on Your Time

Put Your Own Value on Your Time

I’ve always been one of those people who puts a lot of effort into school work. I’m generally good at it and I can tell from the start how long a project will take. This has been useful as I slowly work my way through my master’s program — I take one class each semester in addition to freelancing full-time, so being able to shoe-horn papers...

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Last Chance to Get The Creativity Toolbox at $27

If you’ve been biding your time to buy The Creativity Toolbox … you’ll want to grab it now for $27. Our early bird deal finishes at midnight (Friday 10th). After that, it’s off the shelves until I’m back from honeymoon. We’ll be bringing it back at $47, with extra content and added shine — but if you buy now, you’ll...

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The Truth About Creative Burnout: 30 Experts Speak Out

The Truth About Creative Burnout: 30 Experts Speak Out

Maybe you’ve felt burnt out for a while. Maybe you accept it as an inevitability. Maybe you’re pretty sure there should be some way to stay on top of your game – enjoying, and profiting from, your creativity. Except you’ve not quite figured it out yet. Maybe you keep staring at a blank page or canvas or screen, feeling stuck – again. We...

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The Creativity Toolbox: What You Need to Be Productive and Creative

The Creativity Toolbox: What You Need to Be Productive and Creative

Note: The full version of the Toolbox is now available here. As a general rule, there are two problems when it comes to creativity: how do we come up with enough time to work on the projects we truly want to spend our time on, and how do we make a living in the process? While there is plenty of productivity advice out there, most of it isn’t focused on...

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