No one at my place of employment questions my level of productivity. Not only can I account for the work I accomplish on a weekly and monthly basis, but my methods to increase my workday productivity tend to be a running joke.
They’re just jealous.
Because I take pride in the value of my work, I make choices
on how I conduct my workday. And after years of trial and error, I have found that
my productivity on certain types of tasks are best done at certain times of
My hunch tells me that those times of day can also help you increase
your workday productivity.
It’s all about routine, commitment and the angle of the sun.
I love drinking coffee. When my workweek alarm rings, my sole
motivator for rolling out of bed is knowing that in a few hours I can drink a
cup of coffee.
And after the long run, morning chores and commuting to work, I
have a moment of peace holding my mug of coffee. The steamy aroma of java, the
gentle heat pressing upon my palms, the taste of coconut milk creamer swirling
in my brew—it’s my reward for all that I accomplish before 7AM.
Recently, the team at Red Roof welcomed me on their podcast channel so that I could share my experiences with and advice about solo travelling. I had a blast talking with the hosts and I’m thrilled that they’ve invited me back in the future for a second conversation.
NaNoWriMo gets all the press and Twitter love. But what about Camp NaNoWriMo?
You don’t have to be an accomplished writer to join Camp NaNoWriMo. You don’t even have to like camping to participate. If you want to write and reach a goal by the end of the month, then this writing challenge could be right for you.
Does your writing need a jolt? A shake-up? Anything to make it fun again?
So you’re not writing, but it’s not because you don’t like to write anymore. You wouldn’t take the time to read this blog post if writing is just a hobby that’s fading from your life. You’ve just reached that phase of writing we all hit from time to time: writer’s block.
Think about the company that has earned your undying loyalty. What is it about this business that resonates with you so strongly?
Do they provide a stellar product or service? Do they make it easy for you to purchase? Do they share your personal values? Is your experience with the company always positive and engaging? Do they express that they care about how you feel? Do they listen to what you have to say?
In short, you are loyal to this business because this business understands you.
My career’s in marketing. And if you too work in marketing, you know that most (if not all) received requests are delivered as a do-this command.
What’s frustrating to a creative person about this approach is that it ignores the creative process of problem solving. In fact, it skips all the steps of solving a problem by jumping to an assumed end.
Here’s a secret: if you want to solve a problem like a creative person, never assume anything.