Everyday Brilliance: Productivity For Creative Pros
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Everyday Brilliance: Productivity For Creative Pros

Learn how to stay inspired, manage your time, fight burnout, and do the best work of your life.
4.5 (77 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,098 students enrolled
Created by Todd Henry
Last updated 1/2016
English
Price: $100
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Includes:
  • 3.5 hours on-demand video
  • 3 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What Will I Learn?
Master time and use it effectively, not just efficiently.
Cultivate a deep well of creative inspiration that will spark brilliant ideas.
Manage energy and prevent burnout.
Identify common pitfalls and stumbling blocks, and strategically overcome them.
Generate great ideas when you need them most.
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Requirements
  • No prior knowledge required
Description

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.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is aimed at managers, designers, writers, entrepreneurs, or anyone who has to solve problems every day as a part of your job.
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Curriculum For This Course
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Introduction
4 Lectures 04:14

A general introduction to the course and how it will help you.

Preview 02:40

A brief overview of how the course will work, and what you'll learn.

Course Landscape
01:34

A worksheet to help you assess your current level of productivity and satisfaction with work.

Pre-Exercise
1 page

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.

Course Worksheets
33 pages
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The Landscape and the Mindset
8 Lectures 21:52
Introduction
01:48

How the pressures of the modern workplace affect your ability to engage.

Life in the “Create On Demand" world
02:34

The three qualifiers of productive and effective creative pros.

Being Prolific, Brilliant, Healthy
02:58

Assess how you are doing with the three attributes that set you up to succeed.

The essentials: organized, prepared, focused
03:23

Discover the forces that pull you off course, and that you must negotiate in order to stay productive.

The Responsibilities
04:02

See how your daily efforts add up to big productivity over time.

Little Deltas and Big Deltas / Building your body of work
04:23

Establish a long-arc goal, and determine the steps needed to get there.

Exercise: Step, Sprint, and Stretch Goals
01:34

Review
01:10
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The Barriers
8 Lectures 21:47
Introduction
01:22

Discover the three key forces that rob you of productivity and passion.

Preview 04:10

Learn to define your work more effectively.

Dissonance: Lack of clear edges
03:06

Learn to eliminate points of needless complexity, and focus more clearly.

Dissonance: Unnecessary Complexity
03:08

Learn to attach a why to your work, so that there is a clear through-line.

Dissonance: Opacity
02:09

Identify areas where fear might be holding you back

Fear
04:07

See how expectations can cause you to squeeze all of the white space out of your life.

Expectation Escalation
02:45

Review
01:00
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Intro to Creative Rhythm
4 Lectures 10:57
Introduction
02:00

Learn about the four finite resources you spend each day, and why they are important.

The Four Resources
02:53

Discover the three kinds of work, and why you need to do each of them.

Preview 05:06

Review
00:58
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Focus
6 Lectures 17:15
Introduction
01:04

Learn to establish clear definition within your work, and clear outcomes.

Defining the edges
03:42

Discover a tool for winnowing your areas of focus down to the essentials.

Red Zones and Big Threes
04:40

Learn to use adjacency to get more done in less time.

Clustering for focus
03:37

See why the Ping is such a sinister foe, and learn to overcome it.

Monotasking and The Ping
03:01

Review
01:11
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Relationships
6 Lectures 15:34
Introduction
01:38

Learn to identify the three kinds of relationships, and assess your current ones.

The three types of relationships
02:44

Discover a relational tool for staying inspired and aligned.

Forming a circle
03:29

See how a simple one-to-one meeting can fill your creative well.

The head to head
03:44

Learn to identify and leverage mentoring relationships, and form a "core team".

Identifying mentors and sherpas
03:02

Review
00:57
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Energy
6 Lectures 15:34
Introduction
01:22

Learn to establish white space for your most important work.

Carving white space
02:18

Learn how to say "no" to good things, so you can focus on great things.

How to prune
03:11

Learn to assess the commitments in your life, and identify conflicts.

Planning for whole life
03:11

Discover the importance of buffers and barriers to your energy level.

Structure life with “Buffers"
04:25

Review
01:07
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Stimuli
8 Lectures 22:19
Introduction
00:56

Learn to curate a deep well of creative inspiration.

The importance and value of stimuli
02:21

Discover the basics of a study plan, how to find stimuli, and how to establish time to feed your mind.

How to develop a study plan
06:29

Learn some tactics for always having ideas at the ready.

Taking great notes and keeping a notebook
03:22

Learn how to leverage novel experiences to spark creative insights.

Seeking meaningful experiences
02:50

A few methods and tricks for organizing your notebook so that it's especially useful.

How to organize your notes and apply them
02:08

Discover a few tools you can use to stay inspired.

Spark files, swipe files, and anti-libraries
03:09

Review
01:04
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Hours
6 Lectures 13:18
Introduction
01:09

Learn the key difference between how productive people use their time, and how most people do.

Effectiveness vs. Efficiency
02:51

Learn to develop new skills while off the clock, and apply them to your on-demand work.

Unnecessary Creating
03:20

Discover a tool for generating ideas for your most important work.

Idea Time
02:48

Learn how to keep your work on-track and aligned around your most important priorities.

Alignment Time
02:10

Review
01:00
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Staying On Course
8 Lectures 33:56
Introduction
01:43

Learn why it's critical to have stopping points, or "checkpoints", to help you stay on track.

The checkpoints
03:35

Discover a simple tool to help you stay in "game shape".

The power of “the dailies"
03:59

Learn to engage in a Weekly Checkpoint that will keep you on track and inspired.

Weekly Checkpoints
06:37

Learn to engage in a Monthly Checkpoint that will keep you on track and inspired.

Monthly Checkpoints
04:23

Learn to engage in a Quarterly Checkpoint that will keep you on track and inspired.

Quarterly Checkpoints
09:35

Learn why it's important to know your systems exist to serve you, not the other way around.

Remaining flexibly inflexible
02:39

Review
01:25
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About the Instructor
Todd Henry
4.5 Average rating
77 Reviews
1,098 Students
1 Course
Author and teacher

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.”