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Creative Productivity

Why mastery beats creativity–every time

You can learn to be more creative in certain ways. But thatss just one side of the neurological coin.

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Knocking Down your Creative Blocks

Don’™t expect your best stuff to suddenly appear by magic. You can throw ideas up against the wall until somehow the fairy dust of your creative gift is released by the gods and floats down over all. But before any of that can happen, you need to figure out what you’re trying to say.

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10 ways to do an information detox

The information you consume over the course of the day has a significant impact on both your productivity and creativity.

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How stress works in the human body, to make or break us

The subtle flows and toxic hits of stress get under the skin, making and breaking the body and brain over a lifetime

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Envy Is a Chronic Poison That Secretly Kills Our Motivation Every Day

Motivation isn’t inspired by envy. When you compare with others, you kill your motivation. Know how to overcome envy and stay motivated.

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The Creative Conundrum: Pursue Your Art or Get a “Real Job”

Every creative has found themselves at the same career crossroads. One path leads where their heart desires. The other leads to “real” jobs. Mike Sager has stood there, and he reflects on why he dropped out of Georgetown Law School to live the creative life.

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How I Stopped Feeling Like A Fraud After Quitting My Job To Work For Myself | Fast Company | The Future Of Business

When you no longer have a flashy brand name under your job title, your self-confidence can take a pummeling.

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How to Beat the Imposter Syndrome Feeling

Approximately 70 percent of us will experience a period of self-doubt at least once in our lives. Rebuild your confidence using these five strategies.

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10 counterintuitive habits that will make you more creative

As I’ve pored through the research, I’ve adopted several creativity habits that let me approach my work differently—all backed by a wealth of research.

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25 Sites for Finding the Best Remote Jobs

If you’re a freelancer or are looking for a great remote job, check out these 25 best sites for landing high-paying, meaningful remote working positions.

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Don’t Let Email Zombies Eat Up Your Day

The next time you want to interrupt yourself for a quick glance at your inbox, don’t.

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7 Ideas to Inspire Your Creativity

Feeling a lack of creativity? Try these 7 ideas to help you spark it and get back shooting and being creative again.

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Is Fidgeting A Productivity Tool? These Designers Think So

Click. Tick. SLAP.

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Why You Should Aim for 100 Rejections a Year

Last year, I got rejected 43 times by literary magazines, residencies, and fellowships ”my best record since I started shooting for getting 100 rejections per year. It’s harder than it sounds…

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Why You Should Pretend to Work on Projects for Someone Else & 4 Other Science-Backed Ways to Improve Your Creativity

Use these unconventional methods to be more creative every day.

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Secrets to a Successful Creative Road Trip

7 reasons why you should strike out on an adventure ASAP.

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Why You Should Pretend to Work on Projects for Someone Else & 4 Other Science-Backed Ways to Improve Your Creativity

Use these unconventional methods to be more creative every day.

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Thinking positive is a surprisingly risky maneuver

Fantasies about the future have a troubling effect on achieving actual goals. If positive thinking doesn’™t work, what does?

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Why Every Artist Should be a Great Storyteller

Expertly telling your story is the best kind of organic marketing you can do to promote your art because people care almost as deeply about how you create, as they do about the end product.

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13 Effortless Productivity Tips To Keep You Sane (And Profitable)

13 truly useful productivity tips that are NOT hard. Do the ones that look easiest to you, and I promise you that good things will happen.

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Why You Need an Editorial Calendar (and How To Make One)

An editorial calendar is a roadmap for your marketing content. An editorial calendar buys you peace of mind because you don’t have to scramble for what to say or share. Ideas are stored and work…

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How Giving Up TV For A Month Changed My Brain And My Life

Watching a couple hours of TV a day can have major effects on your brain. So what would happen if you quit cold turkey?

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The Internet Doesn’t Make You Dumb, but What You Choose to Read Might

Drugs aren’t the only thing that can addle our brains. New research confirms what your brain may feel following a long, uncontrolled binge through the …

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Made You Look!

We can practice and improve the core of creativity every minute of every day. In fact, we are wired for that…

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How Your Low Tolerance For Boredom Might Be Making You Less Creative

Technology has abolished the “transition zones” between work and leisureand with them, much of our inspiration.

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How to Work Alone

4 skills needed when you work in solitude.

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Why Trying to Become a Jack of All Trades Hurts Your Business

Roles that used to be separate are now overlapping, as print blends with digital, still photography blurs into video and social media cuts through everything. Many believe their future depends on their ability to do it all, just to get new work. However, while it’s certainly beneficial to learn more about the industry as a […]

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Ideacide: The Perils of Self-Censoring (And How You Can Stop It)

How one mistake can have a ripple effect on our creative courage for the rest of our lives.

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Stop Trying to “Do It All”

Limits are not, well, limiting. Framed correctly, putting a cap on your ambition and future plans is tremendously freeing.

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My Studio Mascot

Do you have a loveable mascot in your own studio? We asked artists to share photos of their dogs, cats and other pets who keep them company and inspire them.

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The Importance of Mentally Disengaging from Work and Practice

Why failing to disengage from work in our off hours may set us up for burnout and a downward performance spiral.

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Documenting Art and Preserving Your Story

Tips on cataloging and documenting art and preserving your personal story for collectors, gallerists, and curators to help you build your art career.

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What You Need to Consider Before You Go Freelance: A Checklist

It seems like there’s 1,000 blog posts every month about the joys of freelance. Real life, on the other hand, is a bit more complicated.

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The Most Defensible Thing You Can Do for Your Career: Build an Audience

The practical case for sharing your work often with those outside of your company…

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Why Creativity Is a Numbers Game

It’s a great myth that creative geniuses consistently produce great work. Whereas consistency may be the key to expertise, the secret to creative greatness appears to be doing things differently—even when that means failing

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10 Brutally Honest Door Hangers Every Designer Needs (+ Free Printables!)

People really need to learn to knock. Have you ever been in the middle of a moment of inspiration when a sudden interruption screwed

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The Rule of 52 and 17: It’s Random, But it Ups Your Productivity

Everyone has that person in the office. You know, the one who always seems to get way more done than everybody else, but who never seems stressed or frantically trying to finish an assignment. How does he or she get it done?

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Working from home: 5 pro tips

Working from home seems like heaven – here are our tips for how to do it best.

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10 Tips for New Freelance Designers

Looking to start a new freelance design career, but don’t know where to start? These 10 tips for new freelancers are exactly what you need to get going.

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10 Productivity Apps Every Freelancer Needs

Task management, goal setting, invoices, and contracts all made easier.

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7 Simple Techniques to Activate Your Creativity

Are you expected to deliver creative work on a daily basis? Sometimes the flow of ideas comes naturally, but there are also times when you cannot awaken the brain…

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Nobody Cares How Hard You Work

Will we ever decouple perceived effort and long hours with our rewards system?

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6 Science-Backed Playlists for Improving Your Productivity

Uncover science-backed playlists designed to help you be more productive at work.

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Gut Check: Is The Company You Keep Hurting Your Creativity?

If you don’t have a creative support system, you need one STAT. Here’s how to determine if the company you keep is helping or hurting you.

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Why You MUST Find An Accountability Buddy This Year

Pairing up with someone else to tackle a challenging or less-than-exciting project can make the process seem easier and more fun…

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The 11 Best Time Saving Apps for Freelancers

Check out these 11 best time saving apps for freelancers that are changing the way the contract workforce is functioning. Efficiency is but an app away.

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Some Emotions Are Better for Creativity than Others

Recent research studies the link between creativity and emotional states, offering answers to the age-old question, “How can I be more creative?” 

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The Artist’s Most Important Skill

What single skill is most critical to the artist? Is it talent? Imagination? Mastery of her craft? Is it profundity of insight, depth of compassion,

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Let’s Talk About Burnout (And How To Avoid It)

Running a business is often hard and stressful. Because of this, the People Who Don™’t Think Too Hard Before Giving Advice should

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How to Silence Your Irrationally Harsh Inner Critic

Pay attention to your internal monologue. How you address yourself mentally can impact your actions.

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No, Being ‘Too Busy’ Is Not A Badge Of Honor

Realistically, most people have about 40 hours of free time a week — so ask yourself: Am I really too busy? And if not, why is that so important to me?

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How Typing Is Destroying Your Memory

Studies show that you’re more likely to remember things that you write down, but there are circumstances where you should grab your laptop…

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10 Books To Read That Will Give Your Creativity A Boost

There is no prescribed formula that will make anyone more creative. But there are tools. Successful people who attribute their best practices, styles and abilities to make creative juices flow

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I Don’t Know Where My Job Ends And I Begin

The problem isn’™t that I don’t love what I do for a living, but that I’ve built myself a career where I feel guilty when I’m not working…

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