What Would You Do With 47% Extra Time?

A study, led by Harvard, claims that an average ‘knowledge’ worker works in a state of distraction for 47% of their time. Flip this around. By being more focused they could accomplish the same amount of work in half the time. Or potentially double their output. Just because we are ‘creatives’ it doesn’t mean weContinue reading “What Would You Do With 47% Extra Time?”

Chase Jarvis – Creative Calling – Pt.1

You know who Chase Jarvis is right? You’ve heard of CreativeLive? No? Then hit the links before reading any further. It’s okay. I’ll wait for you. Sorted? Great! Now we all are familiar with Chase and his amazing team in CreativeLive, then let’s get into his book Creative Calling. This book is his blueprint andContinue reading “Chase Jarvis – Creative Calling – Pt.1”

Day 467 – Creative Like Bill Belichick, Pt.2.

So yesterday I suggested that relatives could take inspiration/lessons from sports and hopefully I will convince you today. Bill Belichick is the most successful NFL coach ever because: He stays focused on the overall goal and works hard to achieve it He never goes through the motions and always trains with purpose He makes sureContinue reading “Day 467 – Creative Like Bill Belichick, Pt.2.”

Day 466 – Creative Like Bill Belichick, Pt.1.

I’m not trying to alienate anyone here by mentioning the New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick. I understand that the franchise and the coach are like Marmite – you love them or you hate them. For full disclosure I am a San Francisco 49ers fan, but as a sports coach you have got toContinue reading “Day 466 – Creative Like Bill Belichick, Pt.1.”

Day 463 – Sunday Reflection.

I’ve been busy revamping my study. Basically, I’ve got rid of more stuff I had forgotten I even had, or had kept because it might be useful at some point. I decided that some point had been reached and that the stuff wasn’t useful after all. A family desk taken by my eldest son, freedContinue reading “Day 463 – Sunday Reflection.”

Day 462 – The Saturday Answer.

The Friday Question was . . . . . . If you could only read one Poet for the rest of your life, who would it be? And my answer is . . . . . . The Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. Ever since I first picked up Under Milk Wood off my father’s bookshelfContinue reading “Day 462 – The Saturday Answer.”

Day 444 – A Sense of Place.

I’ve been listening to a BBC Radio documentary on The Pennine Way. It is a national trail which runs for 268 miles through England and up into Scotland, and the hills over which it runs is often called the ‘backbone’ of England. The documentary describes the places and the people along it, the music, songs,Continue reading “Day 444 – A Sense of Place.”

Day 443 – Embracing the Void.

I’ve just read a great article by Gwenna Laithland advising writers to use ‘white noise’. Basically, white noise is the void – the bits you leave out which the reader then projects their own thoughts and imagination onto. Laithland uses the example of a Harry Potter stage show casting Hermione Grainger with a black actress.Continue reading “Day 443 – Embracing the Void.”

Day 441 – The Saturday Answer.

So, The Friday Question was . . . . . . What ‘creative’ excuse do you use for not doing the creative task you’ve scheduled yourself? And my Saturday Answer is . . . . . . Any form of creative research, no matter how loosely based upon the actual task I have set myselfContinue reading “Day 441 – The Saturday Answer.”