Personal Development

Looking back: what creators discovered about themselves and their businesses in 2022


As creators, we often work in bubbles—not quite knowing what those around us are thinking or feeling. So, as 2022 wraps up, I wanted to get the scoop from my peers on how their year really went. What surprised them about 2022? What lessons are they taking with them into 2023? I heard from many types of creators and compiled their answers to give you

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Newsflash! Your attention didn’t collapse. It was stolen (and what to do about it).


Newsflash! Your attention didn’t collapse. It was stolen (and what to do about it). Is your attention span feeling the effects of the constant consumption of information? You’re not alone. With multiple forms of media and extremely busy schedules, we’re living through a serious attention crisis. After years of overconsumption, studies now find that office workers can only focus for three minutes at a time

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How creators start (or end) their days to maximize creativity and prevent burnout


Structuring your days as a full-time creator isn’t as cut-and-dry as you might think. You want the freedom and flexibility of being your own boss, but you have a lot on your plate (and a never-ending to-do list.) You want to work hard and earn a great salary, but without spreading yourself too thin (to the point of becoming burnt out.) You want time for

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Re-structure your money mindset to help you scale your business and reduce burnout


There are upsides and downsides to being a creator. Controlling your freedom and time? Upside. Fretting over cash flow so much you forget the definition of ‘weekend’? Major downside. The mistake creators make is assuming that more money means fewer problems. “If I just had more money, I would never feel burnt out again!” Is that how it works in practice? No. Unfortunately, there’s one…

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Feeling overwhelmed? 7 ways to add structure without losing creativity


When you first launch your creative business, it can feel like you’ve finally escaped the 9-5 grind. The irony is that you often end up working more hours than you would in a full-time job—and the stakes are much, much higher when you work for yourself. You start feeling anxious, and before you know it your usual creative spark has all but disappeared. It can…

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Can you be both a generalist and a specialist as a creator?


When starting out as a creator, you’ll likely find yourself in a jack of all trades position, working every part of the job to get your career off the ground. Unless you have a lot of extra funds at your disposal to outsource the work you don’t want to do, in order to succeed, you have to learn how to do everything. This brings up…

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Creativity feedback loops (and their impact on mental health)


Raise your hand if you feel like you’re burned out. Yeah, me too. Burnout, as defined by the WHO, is when chronic workplace and occupational stress leads to energy depletion and exhaustion, negativity, and reduced productivity. But when you’re a full-time creator (or side hustling hard), there is no separation between your life and your occupation. There is no vacation or sick time to fall…

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Creator burnout: what it looks like, why it happens, and what you can do to heal from it


Burnout is among the most deceptive—and misunderstood—adversaries any creator can face. That’s because the experience of burnout is unique to each creator. It’s deeply personal in how drained it leaves you and how painful it can be. You probably tried some quick-and-easy ways to cope with that. The challenge? Quick fixes don’t work. Taking a day off or magically hitting inbox zero doesn't cut it.…

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10 ten-minute writing exercises to sharpen your skills (even as a non-writer)


Does the fear of writing hold you back from publishing blog posts or sending out newsletters? Maybe you’ve caught yourself saying things like, “I’m not a writer.” I’ll let you in on a secret: You don’t need to be a professional writer to create content your audience loves reading. You also don’t need to dedicate hours of your day improving your writing. With a few…

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Goal trackers: 13 tools to help you reach your goals


Finding the best goal tracker is a lot like dating: you need to get to know different tools to find your perfect match before eventually finding one that motivates you to be your best self. But who wants to spend time testing and trying different goal trackers only to find they don’t actually help you achieve your goals? Not you, that’s who! Today, we’re breaking…

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How outsourcing helps you scale your creative business (without losing your personal touch)


“How do you do it all?” There’s so much that goes into being a creator—writing, recording, replying, planning, creating, teaching, taking care of admin. You’ve likely heard that question more than once… And if not, you certainly thought of it. As a creator, it feels like your work rarely stops. And the more you grow, the more there is to do—and it’s a road that…

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