There is no definitive better.
Better is a judgment call and what’s better for one person is worse for another.
Instead, be different.
My newsletter isn’t “better” than other newsletters.
And that’s enough.
Now, on to this week’s ideas…
1. Don’t Think Outside The Box. Create The Box.
“Freedom doesn’t make it easier to create — constraints do.”
Think outside the box isn’t good advice.
In this post, I explain why instead of thinking outside the box, you should create your own box and how doing makes the creative process easier and more effective.
If nothing else, check out the first couple paragraphs where I share an example that may change how you approach your next creation.
2. Seven Google Docs Features You May Not Know Exist
“As a writer who’s written thousands of articles and worked with thousands of clients, here are the the top features I personally use in Google Docs that you might not know about.”
If you use Google Docs, this is a must-read.
Neville Medhora shares seven Google Docs features you may not know exist including how to use Google Keep to easily insert saved snippets, type with your voice, and access an automated outline of your document.
Related: 10 hidden Gmail productivity hacks.
3. Do The Real Thing
“Real things have risk. They have the possibility of failure. They have frustration. They force you to confront the possibility that maybe you just aren’t good enough.”
It’s so easy to convince yourself you’re working toward something when you’re actually just avoiding the real work.
Scott H. Young explains the difference and encourages you to do the real thing and remember that sometimes nothing is better than something, the hard way is the easy way, and if you’re not sure what the real thing is — just ask.
Btw, I found this in Khe Hy’s newsletter.
Related: Think you can’t do something? Read this.
4. How To Develop A Social Media Content Strategy Inspired By The Success Of People You Admire
“Part of an artist’s job is social media.”
This one is written for musicians, but is applicable to anyone trying to use social media to grow an audience.
Amber Horsburgh breaks down how to develop a social media content strategy and includes a step-by-step plan you can use to analyze what works for other artists you admire and use that to inspire and influence your own approach.
5. Set Up Your Own Creative War Room
“The room has no windows and (crucially) no computers. The walls are covered in whiteboards and the lights are in an early 20th century style.”
I’ll warn you up front: You probably won’t be able to replicate the example in this post.
But, Cal Newport’s suggestion that you set up your own creative war room and the example he shares based on Winston Churchill’s WWII war room bunker is likely to inspire you to carve out a little creative space in your own orbit and that’s probably a good idea.
Btw, I found this link in CJ Chilvers’ newsletter.
My Final Words Of The Week
When I was young, I tore a Nike ad out of a Sports Illustrated magazine and pinned it on my bedroom wall.
It stayed there for years.
Through high school, through the summers when I was home from college, and it was even still there years later when I’d come home for a visit as an adult.
Looking back on it, it almost feels like something I’d write now which makes me realize it had a huge influence on how I see the world.
Something tells me you’ll find it inspiring too.
Have a great week.
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