Have you been wondering how a graphic designer like me spends their day? Are you tired of working from home all alone? Did you ever think a regular workday would be exciting?
I invite you to join me for A Day in the Life of a Graphic Designer. I’ll be sharing my workday with you via Twitter tomorrow (August 12) in a “productivity crawl” from 9am to 5pm (PST).
You don’t have to be a graphic designer to participate, but you will get a glimpse of my workspace, pick up a few tips and tricks on productivity, and hopefully get some much-needed social out of social media. Use this time to get stuff done in your own way.
Wednesday, August 12
9AM – Event Begins
9:30 – Research & Prep
10AM – Focus Time
11AM – 20 Minute Break
11:20 – Focus Time
12:30 – Lunch Break
1:30 – Event Resumes
1:45 – Check & Respond to Emails
2PM – Low-Focus Work + Entertainment
3PM – Stretch Break
4PM – Event Resumes
4:30 – Last Push
5PM – Event Ends
I hope to see you there!
Creative ventures are a brave and inspiring thing to witness, even to people without artistic inclinations. We like to romanticize the mind that sees connections and colors, themes and theories, solutions and stories – but general admiration doesn’t fully cover the everyday needs of a creative soul.
Today I’m sharing some practical ways you can support your creative friends based on what I’ve found received from the wonderful people who’ve helped and encouraged me, and from being a supporter of fellow creatives myself.
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I work from home and it’s absolutely amazing. As a hardcore introvert who needs a lot of uninterrupted quiet time to focus on various projects, it’s a dream come true. But there are times when it feels like living in an endless time loop. When days and weeks begin to blur together, it’s easy for the creative side of the brain to feel sludgy and stagnant.
You might think those are the times to just “go out”. Hang out with friends, run wild and free out on the town, or at least do some therapy shopping until the creative mood strikes once again… but that’s not usually an option for me. If I want an escape for a few hours, need to take time off to refresh, or find a little variety to spice up my life, I need to find it within my own home. And believe me, there are plenty of ways to find that without leaving the house.
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I always need a little time to process after a writing conference. After three days of enjoying WriteOnCon workshops, podcasts, Q&A panels, and blog posts, my brain has finally come up with some takeaways!
Today, I’m sharing one of the little eureka! moments that I had as the information sank in this week. Perhaps it’s something you’ve needed to hear, too.
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Spoiler alert, my boss is me.
Letter writing is a tradition in my family, so it’s fantastic to see it coming back into style as a fun and crafty hobby.
If you’re a letter writing newbie who’s not sure where to begin, I have a few ideas that will inspire you to pick up a pen and keep your local postal worker busy.
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In a recent blog post by S. M. Metzler, she claimed “not even I have twenty questions about tea”, which, of course, I took as a challenge. Although I’m still a tea-drinking newbie, an outing to a real-live tea shop has gotten my brain wired on hot beverages.
Are you an avid tea drinker? Then perhaps you can help me out and answer these twenty questions.
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Happy New Year, everyone! I’ve never been a big fan of clip/recap episodes, but I think there’s some benefit in creating them for ourselves.
Whether you missed it the first time around, wanted to relive these most-magical moments, or were hoping for my all-important opinions on certain auspicious events, as long as you’re good and ready for a lot of me talking about myself, read on.
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I didn’t always love lists. I rebelled against them for a time, convinced that, with creativity on my side, I didn’t need something ordinary and boring like organization. Strangely enough, I am a very organized person, so this little rebellious phase didn’t last too long.
Lists are now one of my most-utilized tools for absolutely everything, and in the spirit of sharing resources, I’ve decided to give you the inside scoop on how to make your To Do lists work for you.
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There are people who claim that creative block is nothing more than an illusion devised by the mind. Pushing through and trying anyway yields a surprising and productive result. This is true. We can create even when the whim doesn’t strike us. We can do good work even when we’d rather not do any at all. This is an incredibly human trait. It’s how we survive Mondays.
That being said, I do believe in creative block. True creative block isn’t about lack of motivation or unwillingness to put forth effort. There’s no muscling through or working around it. If you’re among those of us who occasionally suffer from this inexplicable inability to create, I’m here to share some of my personal insights.
Continue reading “7 Steps for Surviving Creative Block”