Productivity

Break Past The Frustration Barrier: Tips For Learning A New Creative Skill

Break Past The Frustration Barrier: Tips For Learning A New Creative Skill

This month I pulled up my big-girl panties and challenged myself to play around with Photoshop. It’s still early in the month and I have spent about 20+ hours within the program. I’m not yet a Photoshop wizard, but I do feel much more comfortable playing around with some of the more complex features. Through this experiment, I’ve realized that the first 20 hours of learning something new are often the most frustrating. You don’t get any of the fuzzy feelings or sense of fulfillment that come from other activities. You feel defeated. You wonder if it is possible to break the “undo” ctrl+z button.

So how do you get through the first 20 hours of frustration and despair that come with learning a new skill? Keep reading to see my tips.

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The Systems I Use To Take Control of My Routine and Make Time for Projects That Matter

The Systems I Use To Take Control of My Routine and Make Time for Projects That Matter

Over the past two years I’ve worked a full-time job and still have plenty of time to make zines, play in a band, and write weekly posts for this blog. I make time for creative projects by simplifying and systemizing all the boring tasks like errands and chores. Keep reading for the systems and routines that I recommend to make your life easier and create more space for creative projects that matter.

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What To Do When You Don't Know What To Do - Five Minute Journaling Exercises To Diminish Anxiety and Take Action

What To Do When You Don't Know What To Do - Five Minute Journaling Exercises To Diminish Anxiety and Take Action

“The only move that matters is your next one.” Do you ever get stuck in a tornado of anxiety and overwhelm? Have a hard time detangling the web of confusion? These two five-minute journaling techniques clarify immediate next steps so little time is spent feeling stuck or lost. All you need to complete these two exercises is some paper and a writing utensil. For this reason I always carry a black A5 notebook with me. It’s like having my own personal life coach at my side at all times.

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This Unconventional Space In Your Home Could Transform Your Creative Output

This Unconventional Space In Your Home Could Transform Your Creative Output

Do you have a place or routine in your life where you go to retreat from the world, to think, to write, to create, to read? Is this place or routine the same for where you go to actually do your creative work? For me, these processes are very different, one involves expending creative energy and the other involves filling up with energy and inspiration. Guess where I go to retreat from the world and get inspired? Keep reading to find out!

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