I recently asked one of my favourite comic artists, Grant Snider of ‘Incidental Comics‘, to create a comic for Red Lemon Club. A lot of his work looks at creativity and creative people, so I felt it a must to bring his perspective to RLC. I was pleased when he happily obliged.
This is a fairly bold statement, though it has not been made without some thought on my part. I honestly think these two concepts, if addressed, can lead to a big reduction, if not complete obliteration, of various or most problems at all levels, personal up to international.
Being makers of things, one of our most important assets is our ‘creative productivity’. In this case, our ability to actually create new things through doing; through taking action, not just thinking about it.
I’m a firm believer in the massive benefits of ongoing self-teaching in contributing to not only increased knowledge as we progress through life, but in self confidence, creativity, improved imagination, memory and, ultimately happiness (or at least a glimpse of it!).
So you’ve got a few thousand followers on Twitter and some connections on Google+ or Facebook. Where are the people who want to pay me for doing good work? Well, believe it or not, these potential ‘clients’ are out there using social networks, and they’re willing to pay good money for a job you can do well.
It’s so easy to forget about how easy it can be to strengthen the most important organ of our bodies: our brains. Getting oxygen to it can increase your mental and creative power by 20% or more.
For those of you on Google+, there are several useful extensions you can install the Google Chrome browser to make your Google+ experience easier and more effective.
If you don’t have Chrome, I suggest you download and use it. It does seem better and quicker to me, and it generally integrates better with all of Google’s services.
We’ve all heard about the how great it is for your career or business to set goals, right? I’m a little sick of hearing about them personally.
The thing is though, they really are important, and really can get you some awesome achievements if you stick to them. But how to stick to them? Sometimes it’s hard to motivate ourselves towards goals.
Think about what we tend to do least of on a daily basis.
Is it doing your admin? Is it promoting your work by calling up people? Is it exercising in between long desk-based creative sessions? I’ll be willing to bet doing absolutely noting at all is actually something you barely do.
When you are faced with a new challenge, project or brief, particularly one that is a struggle to get motivated about, start lazy.
This means that starting a new project doesn’t need to be difficult if you are not worried about starting off in a slow, lazy way. Do a bit of research on Google, chat to someone, draw a sketch, write a note.
Greetings fellow creative friends! I’m pleased to announce the launch of a new ebook:
’9 Steps to Being Your Most Powerful Creative Self’
The book has received a great deal of praise from major players in the creative industries and elsewhere.
To coincide with the launch of my new ebook, ‘9 Steps to Being Your Most Powerful Creative Self,’ I’d like to share with you a quick run down of some things worth looking at that are detrimental to your ability to be more effective, creatively.
We’re starting a new series of quick motivation tips to get your juices going if you’re feeling somewhat in need of a pick me up. These could come at any moment…so stay posted!
A clear desktop is not only great for reducing distraction, and improving your focus and productivity, it’s great for your computer as well. Icons all over a computer desktop are distracting. Instead, clear everything and be left with clarity, calm and focus.
“If you chase two rabbits, both will escape.”
An issue many freelancers have is having several tasks competing for attention. Having too many things to think about can lead to lack of focus, and with it the inability to get much done at all. We’ve all been there. Prioritising will solve this, but it’s important to know how to do this easily.