Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build your Routine, Find your Focus & Sharpen your Creative Mind; edited by Jocelyn K. Glei, published by 99 U
While this might possibly be the most boring title of a book ever, dull it's not. Instead it's inspiring, uplifting, and really useful in a practical I-can-do-this sort of way for anyone who does, well, anything that requires mental acumen of any sort.
Here are a few of gems from this compilation of essays:
- "Creative work first, reactive work second." (Mark McGuinness)
- "Over the long run, the unglamorous habit of frequency fosters both productivity and creativity." (Gretchen Rubin)
- "What I do every day matters more than what I do once in a while." (also Gretchen Rubin)
- "Being creative means you have to sell your ideas. Selling is part of it because if you do not sell it, there is no art." (Seth Godin)
- "It's incredibly difficult to stand up in front of your peers and say, "I know how to do this. Here is my work. It took me a year. It's great." (also Seth Godin)
- Build renewal (sleep, a walk, breakfast with family, a break) into your schedule. (Tony Schwartz)
- Schedule blocks of focused time for your important creative work. Actually block them off in your calendar. No phone, email, or Internet. (Cal Newport)
- Put down your phone and embrace serendipity. (Scott Belsky)
What do you think? Are any of these ideas new to you, plainly obvious, or revelatory? In some way, they're a mix of all of the above, and in any case a serious reminder to prioritize the serious work at all costs.