Finding the Source of Your Energy

Finding the Source of Your Energy

I’m just home from a big convention and I’m excited. I have a huge stack of ideas I want to follow up on and plenty of energy to do so with. I went with a friend, however, who will be spending the entire day after (and maybe a few days to come) recovering from all the energy it took her to get through the exact same weekend. It’s a question...

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Are You Using Your Creative Hot Spots?

Are You Using Your Creative Hot Spots?

We all have times of day when we’re ready to rock the world – and times when we can’t summon up the energy to do much more than watch television. Last week, I had a firm reminder of how important it is to do my creative work during my best hours. I was helping out with a kids’ holiday club at my church each morning – and having a fantastic...

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Save Time, Be More Successful in Your Career

I’m an advocate of “work smarter, not harder,” which I’m sure most of us have heard before. We hear this phrase, but sometimes it’s more difficult than we think to implement it in our careers and our lives. I work full-time as an engineer, so time management is a must. Just like everyone else, I always seem to have too much to do with too little...

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No One Told Picasso He Had to Work on a Schedule

No One Told Picasso He Had to Work on a Schedule

In our creative endeavors, it’s hard to believe that we absolutely need a schedule or some sort of system to do our best work. After all, Pablo Picasso got to work on his own schedule and he did just fine. The Myth of the Freewheeling Artist Okay, so Picasso didn’t really sit on Paris river banks, drinking wine, while he waited for inspiration to...

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Intrinsic Motivation Matters: Are You Killing Your Creativity?

Intrinsic Motivation Matters: Are You Killing Your Creativity?

All work requires motivation. Whenever you do something, you’ve got a reason – whether or not you’ve thought that through. And while you can probably do a decent job of cleaning the kitchen sink even when you’re thoroughly fed up, when it comes to creative work, being motivated (for the right reasons) can really boost your results. Learning...

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How to Fit Your Life in a Suitcase

How to Fit Your Life in a Suitcase

Three days ago, I realized I needed to pack and move out of my place, not sure how many different places I would move into over the coming months. Having lived practically all my life in one place, I couldn’t for the love of Christ figure out how I would ever fit my entire world into one suitcase and a piece of hand luggage. 23Kg seemed ruthlessly unfair...

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Thoughtful Productivity: Four Considerations

Thoughtful Productivity: Four Considerations

The idea of thoughtful consumption has been front and center for me lately. It’s popped up in many things I’ve read, both obviously and more subtly. It’s come up in plenty of discussions — although not in ways you might expect. It’s started to impact how I think about topics that aren’t directly related to consumption. Productivity...

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How to Use The Pressure of The Clock to Create Massive Inspiration

How to Use The Pressure of The Clock to Create Massive Inspiration

Pressure works wonders. Anyone who has ever been rapidly approaching a deadline knows that things like procrastination and writer’s block go out the window when it’s crunch time and your job’s on the line. Fortunately, you don’t have to be under a deadline imposed by your employer to reap the many benefits it offers. Instead, you can create your own...

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Deadlines: Creative Friend or Foe?

Deadlines: Creative Friend or Foe?

Deadlines. Some people can’t work without them. Others find them paralysing stressful.  Either way, they have a definite effect on our ability to be creative – for good or for bad. If you’re in the pro-deadline camp, you probably find that you need a sense of time-pressure in order to knuckle down and create. Perhaps you doodle a bit, but you...

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The Horrific Things I’ve Done to My Task Management Software

The Horrific Things I’ve Done to My Task Management Software

I use a much abused copy of a task management software to keep track of the tasks necessary to get various projects done. Despite using broad tasks — “Write a 500-word article” — my piece of software is particularly overworked. I’m not naming the specific software I use because I’m pretty sure the support team there could identify...

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