Deadlines kinda suck, don’t they? (There’s a reason they aren’t called “alivelines”.) They can bring a lot of stress to your work and cause you to doubt yourself, but the good news is—they don’t have to be scary.
After blogging for a couple of years, I’ve grown accustomed to working with deadlines. Every week, I know I’ve got to write two articles; it’s just the way things are. And it’s not always easy. So today I want to share some productivity hacks I’ve learned to help you meet that next deadline.
What do you think about changing the world? Making a difference in the lives of those around you? Living boldly, vibrantly, unbound. You’re here because you want to do great things—and more than that, you’re here because you already have greatness inside you, but something’s holding you back.
As young people, we fall prey to three major lies. These lies seep into our minds, creating shadows of doubt, whispers of insecurity, and sometimes, crippling fear. Perhaps you long for greatness, but you feel trapped, believing you can do nothing. It’s time to change that.
If you’re here, reading this, you’ve probably said to yourself, “I can’t.” You’ve probably felt like that thing you’re going after is too big to achieve, and that maybe you aren’t the person to do it. You’ve felt like a failure.
I’ve been there. Quite recently, as a matter of fact. I’ve felt discouraged, inadequate, and overwhelmed, just like you. We all have. It’s a part of life that we all face, and even if you don’t feel that way right now, you will sometime, and I want you to remember something: That thing you care about—it matters. You matter. And even when you feel that you may not be the person to do it, you are. Because you care.
Life is full of busy seasons—some worse than others. And as soon as one’s over, it seems, another is ready to begin. Unfortunately, this continual rush of busyness can really take its toll on your relationship.
Sometimes it feels like you’re living separate lives. You remember falling in love; having a deep connection, and it’s foggy how you got to this—this place of disconnect, feeling like your lives are hurdling along parallel, but separate trajectories. How can you rebuild that connection in the midst of life’s chaos?
As creative people, social media is one of our greatest resources. Whether you write, sing, draw, or blog, social media is a must if you want to share your gifts with others.
As I’ve built my own social media presence, I’ve learned—and continue to learn—a lot about the different platforms, their functions, and their benefits. And somehow, I always come back to Instagram. The more I use it, the more I realize: it is the number one platform for creative people.
We all have those days, right? The days when we feel anything but creative, and instead end up exhausted, burnt out, and unmotivated. I’ve had quite a few of those days recently, and they’re tough. It’s hard to get past the dead-zone and get to work.
Feeling unmotivated is one of the most frustrating and discouraging things we face as creatives. I mean, we want to do our best work, after all, don’t we? So what’s the problem? What’s causing this void in the creative well?
Creative people are naturally independent. We like to think for ourselves and test our own theories, ideas, and methods. Sometimes we even end up convincing ourselves we don’t need anyone else—ever.
As much as we like to function within our own rhythms, living in a bubble will hinder your creativity and limit your impact, causing you to miss out on some incredible benefits that come when you open yourself up to working with others.