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Everyday Brilliance: Productivity For Creative Pros

Learn how to stay inspired, manage your time, fight burnout, and do the best work of your life.
Instructor:
Todd Henry
3,484 students enrolled
English [Auto]
Master time and use it effectively, not just efficiently.
Cultivate a deep well of creative inspiration that will spark brilliant ideas.
Manage energy and prevent burnout.
Identify common pitfalls and stumbling blocks, and strategically overcome them.
Generate great ideas when you need them most.

Whether you’re an entrepreneur, a designer, a writer, or a leader of an organization, you have to be brilliant every day in order to thrive. You must decide which kind of value you’ll create, solve complex problems in order to do it, and deal with the pressures of the marketplace, all while making it look easy to your boss or clients. However, over time all of that pressure can begin to wear on you, and cause to burn out, or experience frustration and a lack of passion for your work.

In this course, you will learn about the unique pressures creative pros like you face each day, and how to build practices into your everyday life to help you not only deal with them, but use them to your advantage.

Always running out of time? I’ll teach you how to use your time more effectively.

Struggling to find inspiration for your project? I’m going to show you how to tap a deep source of inspiration that will keep the ideas flowing.

Feeling like you’re always running on empty? I’ll show you how to prioritize your creative work so that you always have momentum in the right places at the right time.

Through this course, you will obtain clearer thinking, more focus, better relationships, increased energy, and more high-quality ideas when you need them most. In short, you’ll learn to thrive under the very pressures that often cause others to throw in the towel.

Introduction

1
Introduction

A general introduction to the course and how it will help you.

2
Course Landscape

A brief overview of how the course will work, and what you'll learn.

3
Pre-Exercise

A worksheet to help you assess your current level of productivity and satisfaction with work.

4
Course Worksheets

You can download individual worksheets within each lecture, or you can download them all at once in this PDF and use them as you go.

The Landscape and the Mindset

1
Introduction
2
Life in the “Create On Demand" world

How the pressures of the modern workplace affect your ability to engage.

3
Being Prolific, Brilliant, Healthy

The three qualifiers of productive and effective creative pros.

4
The essentials: organized, prepared, focused

Assess how you are doing with the three attributes that set you up to succeed.

5
The Responsibilities

Discover the forces that pull you off course, and that you must negotiate in order to stay productive.

6
Little Deltas and Big Deltas / Building your body of work

See how your daily efforts add up to big productivity over time.

7
Exercise: Step, Sprint, and Stretch Goals

Establish a long-arc goal, and determine the steps needed to get there.

8
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The Barriers

1
Introduction
2
The Assassins

Discover the three key forces that rob you of productivity and passion.

3
Dissonance: Lack of clear edges

Learn to define your work more effectively.

4
Dissonance: Unnecessary Complexity

Learn to eliminate points of needless complexity, and focus more clearly.

5
Dissonance: Opacity

Learn to attach a why to your work, so that there is a clear through-line.

6
Fear

Identify areas where fear might be holding you back

7
Expectation Escalation

See how expectations can cause you to squeeze all of the white space out of your life.

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Intro to Creative Rhythm

1
Introduction
2
The Four Resources

Learn about the four finite resources you spend each day, and why they are important.

3
Mapping, Making, and Meshing

Discover the three kinds of work, and why you need to do each of them.

4
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Focus

1
Introduction
2
Defining the edges

Learn to establish clear definition within your work, and clear outcomes.

3
Red Zones and Big Threes

Discover a tool for winnowing your areas of focus down to the essentials.

4
Clustering for focus

Learn to use adjacency to get more done in less time.

5
Monotasking and The Ping

See why the Ping is such a sinister foe, and learn to overcome it.

6
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Relationships

1
Introduction
2
The three types of relationships

Learn to identify the three kinds of relationships, and assess your current ones.

3
Forming a circle

Discover a relational tool for staying inspired and aligned.

4
The head to head

See how a simple one-to-one meeting can fill your creative well.

5
Identifying mentors and sherpas

Learn to identify and leverage mentoring relationships, and form a "core team".

6
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Energy

1
Introduction
2
Carving white space

Learn to establish white space for your most important work.

3
How to prune

Learn how to say "no" to good things, so you can focus on great things.

4
Planning for whole life

Learn to assess the commitments in your life, and identify conflicts.

5
Structure life with “Buffers"

Discover the importance of buffers and barriers to your energy level.

6
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Stimuli

1
Introduction
2
The importance and value of stimuli

Learn to curate a deep well of creative inspiration.

3
How to develop a study plan

Discover the basics of a study plan, how to find stimuli, and how to establish time to feed your mind.

4
Taking great notes and keeping a notebook

Learn some tactics for always having ideas at the ready.

5
Seeking meaningful experiences

Learn how to leverage novel experiences to spark creative insights.

6
How to organize your notes and apply them

A few methods and tricks for organizing your notebook so that it's especially useful.

7
Spark files, swipe files, and anti-libraries

Discover a few tools you can use to stay inspired.

8
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Hours

1
Introduction
2
Effectiveness vs. Efficiency

Learn the key difference between how productive people use their time, and how most people do.

3
Unnecessary Creating

Learn to develop new skills while off the clock, and apply them to your on-demand work.

4
Idea Time

Discover a tool for generating ideas for your most important work.

5
Alignment Time

Learn how to keep your work on-track and aligned around your most important priorities.

6
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Staying On Course

1
Introduction
2
The checkpoints

Learn why it's critical to have stopping points, or "checkpoints", to help you stay on track.

3
The power of “the dailies"

Discover a simple tool to help you stay in "game shape".

4
Weekly Checkpoints

Learn to engage in a Weekly Checkpoint that will keep you on track and inspired.

5
Monthly Checkpoints

Learn to engage in a Monthly Checkpoint that will keep you on track and inspired.

6
Quarterly Checkpoints

Learn to engage in a Quarterly Checkpoint that will keep you on track and inspired.

7
Remaining flexibly inflexible

Learn why it's important to know your systems exist to serve you, not the other way around.

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Your Voice

1
Introduction
2
You, Them, Ideas

Learn the three key contributors to especially resonant work.

3
Finding your “sweet spot”

Identify your "sweet spot", and learn to use it in your daily work.

4
Defining Your Battles And Through-Line

Learn the core beliefs and attributes that fuel your best work.

5
The Ultimate Goal Of Creative Work

See why it's critical to approach each day with urgency and diligence.

6
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