How daily practices unleash creative insights.
How to build a daily creative practice.
Writing every day has tremendous benefits to your creativity, your emotional state, and your career. On this episode, I share some tactical tips for establishing a daily writing practice, including how to commit the resources, choose your tools, and find the right format to help you turn information into wisdom.
Your everday practices are what set you up for success. It's not the "every so often" mustering of your will, it's the things you choose to implement regularly that prepare you for those moments when you need to be brilliant. Today's guest is Jen Sincero, and she's...
When you're under pressure, it's easy to defer the little actions that you need to do in order to accomplish you work. However, each of those little choices to defer action accumulate and become big problems later. On this episode, I share three areas where you need to stay on top of your mindset and mechanics so that you don't pay a price later.
Many creative pros charge into their week like a bull and collapse over the finish line on Friday. Then, they may take a few days off and the cycle begins again. However, there is little consideration given to their rhythms, and how sustainable their work habits are. On today's episode, I share the importance of building a Weekly Checkpoint into your life so that you're regularly considering not just what you're doing, but also how you're doing it.
It’s not the big things that take out most leaders and creative pros, it’s the little ones. Over time, they forget to do the small things that position them to bring their best effort to the table every day. Everything might look fine to those around them, but the decay has already begun and they are on a path of slow decline.
Success doesn't occur overnight, but neither does failure. Luck aside, both are typically the result of cumulative choices, and how well you position yourself to take advantage of opportunities. By implementing a handful of daily practices into your routine, you can better prepare yourself to deal with the pressures and constraints of your work, and ensure that you are spending your finite resources wisely. While there’s no formula for success, daily practices allow you to somewhat stack the deck in your favor.
Brilliant performers in any field often have rituals or practices that they fall back on to help them perform consistently at their peak. When you are charged with doing complex work every day, rituals can bring order to your world and help you focus more effectively. If you want to deliver a result consistently, you must systemize it, and that's precisely what a ritual does.
Brian Koppelman, screenwriter (Rounders, Oceans Thirteen), producer (The Illusionist, The Lucky Ones), and director (Solitary Man), talks about his personal practices, compromise versus creative courage, and his new podcast The Moment.
Small things done well lead to big results. Small things done poorly eventually lead to failure. As a creative professional, you have three responsibilities to fulfill. In this episode, we address each of them and a few small practices to help you succeed in 2015.
Simply changing your circumstances or your productivity system might inject a measure of energy into your work and give you a boost for a short while, but that increase in output will be short-lived if you aren’t committed to an outcome.
It's easy to suffocate the white space out of our lives by introducing too many once-useful, but now useless systems. In order to do your best work, you must eliminate these negative rituals and introduce new ones to re-claim margin and focus your energy.
Start your day with this ritual to jump-start your productivity.