If you want to accomplish much of anything, you need to focus. You have a finite amount of attention to allocate to problems that matter. However, many creative pros struggle with questions about what they should focus on, when they should focus on it, and whether the thing they’re doing is even the right thing. On this episode, Todd Henry shares three questions you can ask each week to help you allocate your finite attention in the best places, and get more of the right things done.
The constant shift back and forth from creative work to administrative work throughout your day carries a high price. You pay a task switching penalty each time you try to make this transition. On today’s show, I share a few tactics from The Accidental Creative to help you cluster your work for a more effective work week.
Every day we are flooded with information. Some of that information might be helpful in serving our clients or organization, but because there is so much of it we are often unable to step back and look for patterns we can apply. On today’s episode, I share some thoughts about the art of selective attention and how to transform information into understanding so that we can create more value for the people we serve.
Yes, work hard. Of course you need to put your full effort into whatever you’re doing at any given time. However, be careful not to fall into the hustle trap. You might find you’re only sprinting on a treadmill rather than making true progress. On today’s episode I share three ways that the hustle trap can rob you of your best work, and what to do about them.
Is the thing you think you’re trying to do with your work really what you’re doing? What if the entire system is set up to get you to do something else, but you don’t even realize it? On today’s episode, I explain why pop radio is so bad, how artists end up as willing accomplices in mediocrity, and how your team might be doing the same thing (and not even know it).