"Truly great creative achievements require hundreds, if not thousands, of hours of work, and we have to make time every single day to put in those hours. Routines help us do this by setting expectations about availability, aligning our workflow with our energy levels, and getting our minds into a regular rhythm of creating. At the end of the day--or really, from the beginning--building a routine is all about persistence and consistency. Don't wait for inspiration; create a framework for it."
"The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say 'no' to almost everything." - Warren Buffett
"With one eye on our gadgets, we're unable to give our full attention to who and what is in front of us--meaning that we miss out on the details of our lives, ironically, while responding to our fear of missing out." - Lori Deschene
These bits of wisdom are included in a book you'll simply devour if you often find yourself fighting the good fight against distraction: Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus & Sharpen Your Creative Mind, by a slew of impressive creative thinkers and spearheaded by the folks at 99U and Behance, and edited by the wonderful Jocelyn K. Glei. (You can find these quotes in context on pp. 130, 134, and 23 respectively.)
Image credit: 99U
Gwen McCarter, Cultural Strategist
The PARAGRAPH Project is a marketing research and strategy firm based in Durham, NC. We are, at times, a strange brew. But this is what works for us — and inevitably, it works for our clients. The types of people who work at PARAGRAPH are strategists, anthropologists, artists, engineers, entrepreneurs, negotiators, students and builders. Herein lies our value.We are able to look at problems from many different perspectives and apply this diverse point of view to solutions for our clients. After all, if we conduct the same research in the same ways as our competitors, what advantage do we gain? By using old research methodologies in new ways and inventing new methodologies unique to each client’s research objectives, we quickly explore more territory to find insights often overlooked. We believe creativity is the missing link between useful information and actionable inspiration.