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5-Minute Focus Episode 10: Creating good writing habits the easy way

Not everything in life has to be a battle, forcing the habit of writing every day does not have to be hard. It does not have to be painful. It does not have to be a fight. You love to write. You love to be creative. So why be so resistant to doing it every day? Setting yourself a 30-day challenge is an excellent start. It helps form the foundation of that habit to go from writing as and when you feel like it, to writing every day in a consistent and manageable fashion.

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5-Minute Focus Episode 9: Overcoming Creative Burnout

Burnout is something that we all experience at one time or another, it is also easily avoided. Have you ever experienced burnout? Or have you recognised that you're experiencing burnout?

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5-Minute Focus Episode 8: Maximising the potential of your focus

Are attention and focus the same thing?

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5 benefits of better, more effective time and energy management for creative business owners

What is the point of running a business if you are too busy to enjoy the results? I have put together a shortlist of benefits that are offered by managing your time and energy more effectively. These are all things the, in the long run, will; serve you well.

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5-Minute Focus Episode 7: Elevate yourself out of your creative slump with this one simple technique

It is much more common than you may be led to believe for creatives to get stuck in a rut. What the rest of the world perceives as absolute confidence is usually just a momentary snapshot in time, never the full picture. You don’t see the moments between creation where that person is in floods of tears because they just don’t know how to get in the right frame of mind to create. The tears, the agony, the negative self-talk, all of those things are private and hidden from view.

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5-Minute Focus Episode 6: De-scatter Your Brain With This Simple Exercise

Scatterbrain is real and it impacts us all in some way or another. Especially us creatives. We have so much swimming around in our brains and are desperate to get it out. Our creative work, our writing and so on, tends to be the proposed outlet for all of that noise in your mind. The thing is, we need to make sense of it all BEFORE we sit down and engage with the work.

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5-Minute Focus Episode 5: Inspiration on your terms

Art and greatness is the effect, inspiration is the cause. Inspiration is the trigger for an emotional event. Contrary to popular belief, inspiration is not always positive. In fact, some of the greatest works of art have been inspired by pain and hardship.

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5-Minute Focus Episode 4: Focus your creativity by setting boundaries with your time

Sustainability is the part of creativity that people often leave out of the conversation. Some might say that sustainability isn’t even possible. I fervently disagree. Working on your art in fits and starts is an inefficient and energy-intensive process. It is the number one reason that writers and artists burn out. They throw everything they have got in the tank, and more, at their creation. They create something that starts off beautifully and ends with a crash. A crash that few recover from.

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Inspiration on demand: Get inspired and stay focused to write your next masterpiece

How much energy do you put into your writing? I would wager that it is a fair amount, maybe even everything you’ve got? How sustainable do you think that is in the long term? Doesn’t your creation deserve some measure of consistency? How do you get inspired when you need to? I will attempt to answer those questions, and more, over the course of this article. A couple of simple activities can provide you with a great deal of power. So much so that you will be wondering why you never thought to implement them before.

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5-Minute Focus Episode 3: Sensory Enclosures

Sensory Enclosures - a tool for creative writers to help you to craft the perfect piece.

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