Whether you're an entrepreneur, a designer, a writer, or a leader of an organization, you have to be brilliant every day in order to thrive. You must decide which kind of value you’ll create, solve complex problems in order to do it, and deal with the pressures of the marketplace, all while making it look easy to your boss or clients. However, over time all of that pressure can begin to wear on you, and cause to burn out, or experience frustration and a lack of passion for your work.
In this course, you will learn about the unique pressures creative pros like you face each day, and how to build practices into your everyday life to help you not only deal with them, but use them to your advantage.
Always running out of time? I’ll teach you how to use your time more effectively.
Struggling to find inspiration for your project? I’m going to show you how to tap a deep source of inspiration that will keep the ideas flowing.
Feeling like you’re always running on empty? I’ll show you how to prioritize your creative work so that you always have momentum in the right places at the right time.
Through this course, you will obtain clearer thinking, more focus, better relationships, increased energy, and more high-quality ideas when you need them most. In short, you’ll learn to thrive under the very pressures that often cause others to throw in the towel.
A brief overview of how the course will work, and what you'll learn.
A worksheet to help you assess your current level of productivity and satisfaction with work.
You can download individual worksheets within each lecture, or you can download them all at once in this PDF and use them as you go.
How the pressures of the modern workplace affect your ability to engage.
The three qualifiers of productive and effective creative pros.
Assess how you are doing with the three attributes that set you up to succeed.
Discover the forces that pull you off course, and that you must negotiate in order to stay productive.
See how your daily efforts add up to big productivity over time.
Establish a long-arc goal, and determine the steps needed to get there.
Learn to define your work more effectively.
Learn to eliminate points of needless complexity, and focus more clearly.
Learn to attach a why to your work, so that there is a clear through-line.
Identify areas where fear might be holding you back
See how expectations can cause you to squeeze all of the white space out of your life.
Learn to establish clear definition within your work, and clear outcomes.
Discover a tool for winnowing your areas of focus down to the essentials.
Learn to use adjacency to get more done in less time.
See why the Ping is such a sinister foe, and learn to overcome it.
Learn to identify the three kinds of relationships, and assess your current ones.
Discover a relational tool for staying inspired and aligned.
See how a simple one-to-one meeting can fill your creative well.
Learn to identify and leverage mentoring relationships, and form a "core team".
Learn to establish white space for your most important work.
Learn how to say "no" to good things, so you can focus on great things.
Learn to assess the commitments in your life, and identify conflicts.
Discover the importance of buffers and barriers to your energy level.
Learn to curate a deep well of creative inspiration.
Discover the basics of a study plan, how to find stimuli, and how to establish time to feed your mind.
Learn some tactics for always having ideas at the ready.
Learn how to leverage novel experiences to spark creative insights.
A few methods and tricks for organizing your notebook so that it's especially useful.
Discover a few tools you can use to stay inspired.
Learn the key difference between how productive people use their time, and how most people do.
Learn to develop new skills while off the clock, and apply them to your on-demand work.
Discover a tool for generating ideas for your most important work.
Learn how to keep your work on-track and aligned around your most important priorities.
Learn why it's critical to have stopping points, or "checkpoints", to help you stay on track.
Discover a simple tool to help you stay in "game shape".
Learn to engage in a Weekly Checkpoint that will keep you on track and inspired.
Learn to engage in a Monthly Checkpoint that will keep you on track and inspired.
Learn to engage in a Quarterly Checkpoint that will keep you on track and inspired.
Learn why it's important to know your systems exist to serve you, not the other way around.
Todd Henry teaches leaders and organizations how to establish practices that lead to everyday brilliance. He is the author of three books (The Accidental Creative, Die Empty, and Louder Than Words) which have been translated into more than a dozen languages, and he speaks and consults across dozens of industries on creativity, leadership, and passion for work.
His book Die Empty was named by the editors at Amazon as one of the best business books of 2013.
His latest book, Louder Than Words, is about how to develop an authentic voice that resonates and creates impact. Bestselling author Tom Rath called it “…one of the best guides to living a meaningful life I have ever read.”