Here are some of my favourite resources for dreaming of big goals, breaking down projects, and getting things done. I’d love for you to share your own favourite resources with us in the community forums too!
Getting Things Done: This is one of a series of books by productivity writer, David Allen. I discovered this book almost 15 years ago and have adopted the “GTD” practice in my entire life. It’s something that I regularly share with my friends and my team. The ideas of doing brain dumps to declutter your mind, keeping a single trusted system of things you need to do, using an inbox to collect ideas, and doing the essential weekly review have all become engrained in how I do my daily work.
Making Ideas Happen: Book by Scott Belsky, founder of Behance.com, a portfolio platform for creatives. This book serves a clear framework for organizing your creative ideas in order to execute effectively. It also presents the idea of using an idea “backburner” similar to the GTD idea of a “someday/maybe” list. Both ideas are great in that they help you capture all your creative ideas in order to clear your mind to focus on the one thing you need to do (as opposed to the 50 million things you want to make in your Ravelry queue).
The Bullet Journal Method: This is a new book by Ryder Carroll, the founder of the Bullet Journal notebook and productivity technique. Interestingly, this book begins with the technical workings of the bullet journal system, but the second half of the book is brilliant and all about intentional goal setting and ways of uncovering the meaning of your life and the things you do. It’s all about using analog methods and tools to reflect on your life so that you can make more meaningful decisions about what to do in the future.
Leuchtterm 1917: If bullet journaling appeals to you and you like the idea of using a beautiful pen to make notes about your creative practice in a beautiful notebook, then my favourite “BuJo” notebook is the Leuchtterm 1917 A5 Dotted notebook. It’s the perfect size for tucking your bag and gives enough space to jot down tasks and thoughts of the day. Some people have one for work and one for creative projects, but I just have one that I put everything into.
Atomic Habits: Listening to the audio version of this book by James Clear made me tear up at the 5-minute mark. Learning how the author overcame career-ending trauma to become successful using the practice of tiny habits was incredibly powerful and compelling. One idea I’m using from this book is “Law #1 of making a habit: make it obvious” meaning that I put my spinning wheel or loom in a more accessible, visible location so that I’m more inclined to remember to sit down for a few minutes to spin or weave. Look at this book for ways to create habits that will stick and allow you to always be improving.
Deep Work: This book by Cal Newport was recommended to me by Liz Gipson at Yarnworker.com and has been immensely helpful, especially when I needed to clear everything off my plate to focus on building the content for the School of SweetGeorgia. It’s about blocking out distractions (hello Instagram) in order to create states of creative flow.
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