As creative people, we are always faced with a choice: create or don’t create. It’s always one or the other. The more we choose create, the further we advance in our careers. Today the sun is shining. I’d like to bunk it in and go get a Frappucino. Frappucino or work? After years, I’ve learned […]
Entrepreneurship Often Starts With Crazy Ideas
I spent a recent weekend working on one of my essays for my MA in Creative Entrepreneurship. We had to write a proposal for a project, with a budget and identifying target sources of funding. I struggled for a long time about what to write about. Then I came up with the idea of doing […]
Balancing work and life (and how to cope with sunny days)
Whenever I have to consider balancing work and life, it always takes me back to being a kid and being grounded. (Maybe you were never grounded and won’t relate to this story….) I remember staring out the window for hours wishing/hoping/praying that I could be outside playing with the neighbours. But I was stuck inside. Some days it […]
Sustainability: How taking time off can HELP your creative practice
One really hard lesson that I am trying to learn (rather unsuccessfully) is about sustainability and pacing. You see part of sustainable creativity is how do you pace yourself to avoid burnout. Sustainability and habits (especially bad ones) I have got into really bad habits of working seven days per week. This means that I don’t […]
Increase your productivity (it’s all about deadlines)
The thing about being a creative is that it’s about actually finishing things. Your productivity is directly related to how much you finish. Puttering about, experimenting, learning your craft, testing out ideas – these are all really important for developing your craft, but if you want to start to make a business out of your […]
I’ve spent the last year studying for an MA in Creative Entrepreneurship through the University of East Anglia. This has been a great opportunity to step outside of my regular realm and delve into the business side of my creative pursuits. I have learned an enormous amount, which I hope to both incorporate into my […]
Harvest, a photo by h.koppdelaney on Flickr. I like the idea of the harvest as a symbol for sustainable creativity.
Hot Desk – for days when you need to get out of the house.
Most days I work from the kitchen table. There’s a lot of advantages to this: I have good coffee, no one to bug me, no commute, a well-stocked fridge, as many/as few distractions as I could want and the ability to multi-task in life chores like laundry or repair man visits. Most of the time […]
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