Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Foucs, & Sharpen Your Creative Mind
Edited by Jocelyn K. Glei
I read selections from this book on an annual basis. Some of my favorite essays include Elizabeth Grace Saunders' discussion of "The Creative Pragmatist" vs. "The Creative Perfectionist" and Stefan Sagmeister's discussion on working large projects into our day-today lives. I found something on nearly every page of the book, and it can be used daily just to get one or two pages of creative inspiration.
The books jacket reads "should you answer that email, or answer your calling? Tune into social media, or tune in to your own voice? Respond to other people's needs, or actively set your own agenda? When it comes to creative work, every decision, every day, matters." In a world where digital availability continues to increase without additional resources to serve it, this book has helped balance those scales in a variety of ways.
The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles
by Steven Pressfield
Introduced me to the idea of "creativity resistance" and all of the ways we get in the way of having productive creative lives. A great daily read to keep our creative compass point ahead, as each entry is typically less than a page. I enjoyed this passage, for example:
The professional tackles the project that will make him stretch. He takes on the assignment that will bear him into uncharted waters, compel him to explore unconscious parts of himself.
Is he scared? Hell, yes. He's petrified.
(Conversely, the professional turns down roles that he's done before. He's not afraid of them anymore. Why waste his time?)
So if you're paralyzed with fear, it's a good sign. It shows you what you have to do.
168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think
by Laura Vanderkam
This book really helped me have a fluid scheduling vantage point, thinking in weeks instead of days. Some days things just aren't possible, but within a week almost anything can be done. Great read.