I have a confession to make. There’s a breed of dog that used to annoy me. A lot. People I knew loved this breed of dog. People on the internet praised the breed’s adorableness. Apparently, the breed is smart and clever in addition to being “cute.” I didn’t find the dogs cute. I couldn’t have cared less if they were smart enough to drive me … Continue reading You can change your mind about anything. Here’s why you might want to.
You just need 5 minutes, before you start your work day You can call it journaling, you can call it planning, you can call it anything you want. The reality is if you can take about 5–7 minutes to write down these four items before you jump into your work day, you’ll be better prepared for anything that comes your way. This doesn’t have to … Continue reading Writing these 4 things in the morning can drastically improve your work day
Have you ever noticed that sometimes, when you focus on a problem, that problem intensifies until it’s several orders of magnitude larger than it was when originally brought to your attention? Say you have a neighbor who plays an instrument for a living. They were in a band, you think, and also gave lessons on the side. You never really paid attention because they usually … Continue reading Energy flows where attention goes
I read the book The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (not an affiliate link) many years ago when I first started teaching yoga. Written by Don Miguel Ruiz with Janet Mills, the short book lays out four simple-sounding codes of conduct for navigating the world on a personal level. The agreements are: Be impeccable with your word Don’t take anything personally Don’t make … Continue reading How the four agreements help me as a creative team manager
If you’re an independent contributor (IC) on a creative team in tech or in a tech-adjacent field—like writing, design, or video—your direct manager also likely has a background in a creative area. Many writing managers are (or were) also writers; many design managers are (or were) product designers themselves. This isn’t always the case, of course. Some designers report to product managers, for example, and … Continue reading Is listening the most important skill a creative manager can have?