A Few Highlights From This Book. #1

30 March 2015

Manage Your Day-To-Day
Think about the last book you read - how many of the important take-away points can you recall? For me, I usually take notes (for no apparent reason) and highlight the inspiring paragraphs. Maybe it's just a feeling of "learning" that really motivates me to extract information as much as I can from a book. I usually go back to re-read my favourite books (when I'm struggling with a creative block) and through experience I've realised that highlighting and note taking make it much easier to refresh my memory. "Manage Your Day-To-Day" was one of those books that I finished reading in just three days and I absolutely loved it. Here's a sneak peak at some of the highlights of this book...

|||1||| Truly great creative achievements require hundreds, if not thousands of hours of work and we have to make time every single day to put in those hours. Routines help us do this by setting expectations about availability, aligning our workflow with our energy levels and getting our minds into a regular rhythm of creating. Don't wait for inspiration; create a framework for it.
|||2||| Switching tasks sends us down a rabbit hole, pulling our attention away from our priority work for much longer than we anticipate. It's best to find a good stopping point on a project - one that frees your mind from nagging questions - before moving on to another task. That way, you'll find it easier to achieve mental closure and apply all your energy to the next challenge.
|||3||| Stick to the same tools, the same surroundings, even the same background music, so that they become associative triggers for you to enter creative zones. The purpose of doing this every day seems to be a way of saying to the mind, you're going to be dreaming soon.
|||4||| To stay creatively fit, we must keep our minds engaged and on the move - because the greatest enemy of creativity is nothing more than standing still.
|||5||| You'll produce far more and far better work with much less stress by aiming for less-than-perfect. This approach allows you to recapture the energy that you typically waste on emotional angst so that you can focus it on the elements of the creative process that matter most.
|||6||| Getting started is always a challenge. It's hard to start a project from scratch, and it's also hard each time you re-enter a project after break. By working every day, you keep your momentum going. You never have time to feel detached from the process. Creativity arises from a constant churn of ideas, and one of the easiest ways to encourage that fertile froth is to keep your mind engaged with your project. When you work regularly, inspiration strikes regularly.  

|||| "This book will show you how to build a solid daily routine, find focus amid chaos and carve out the time you need to the work that matters. It offers many powerful insights into optimising your day to day rhythms. Only by taking charge of your routine can you really make an impact in what matters most to you. It tells you that you can build a better routine by stepping outside of it and to rethink how you do what you do." Scott Belsky, Founder of Behance. ||||

A pretty awesome read! :)

* The "numbered" content of this blogpost is derived from the book.  

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