I’m a big believer in optimizing everything you can for maximum creativity. Tools, environment, time of day, education – whatever it takes to deliver your best creative work. So I asked Emily Johnson if I could share her infographic for organizing your workplace. Sometimes, a visual is the best learning tool, and this one is excellent. Take a look and let me know what you’re changing so you can amp up your productivity and creativity:
Since many of my readers are creatives, I’ve had a number of them ask me how to respond to criticism. Anyone who’s creative and pushing the boundaries will have critics, so the question becomes, how should we react? Can I learn from it? Who should I ignore? So I asked my friend and writer Simon Dillon, who’s based in the UK, and who’s work includes children’s adventure stories and novels for grown-ups for advice. Here’s his take:
Last year I was invited to speak at the Born to Win leadership conference at Impact Church in Jacksonville. The pastor of Impact is George Davis, who’s a very influential leader, and one to keep your eye on for the future. At the conference, the other speaker Pastor Davis invited was Sean Moore, pastor of Faith Christian Center in Phoenix. Sean’s message was brilliant. He asked an unusual question:
More and more studies are confirming that a crisis actually boosts creativity. It’s easy to see why we all live in a state of constant frustration. CNN reports that we consume about 74 gigabytes — nine DVDs worth — of data every day. And that’s not counting personal problems, career challenges, and other obstacles. But the Wall Street Journal confirms that “having your world turned upside down sparks creative thinking.” How?
I’m teaching at a media conference in Korea this week, so today, I invited theologian, writer, blogger, and my friend Frank Viola to write a guest post on what authors and writers should never do. Here’s what he said:
I’ve written many times on this blog about the danger of “clutter.” Clutter comes in all forms – from the media voices screaming for our attention, to the messy desk in front of us (where was that file again?) to the million other options that keep us from pursuing our creative calling. That’s why it’s good to re-read how William Zinsser, author of the writing classic “On Writing Well” (1976) felt about clutter in our writing. It’s worth the read:
All is never completely well in Hollywood. In a world where technology is re-defining how we engage entertainment and media, you can never sit on your laurels – even if those laurels include movies like The Avengers or Star Wars. The truth is, there are things that keep studio executives up at night, and Variety Magazine pointed out five of the most troubling. Here’s their take: