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10 Creative Rituals You Should Steal

10 Creative Rituals You Should Steal
Benjamin Franklin made sure to end every day by asking “What good have I done today?” Maya Angelou only wrote in tiny hotel rooms. Jack Kerouac made sure to touch the ground nine times before writing. Sustained creativity doesn’t come from a flash of brilliance or a single afternoon of inspiration. Venture capitalist Brad Feld takes a week off every three months: The most impactful thing I’ve done is to take a week off the grid every quarter. Read the entire interview here. Former Obama campaign CTO Harper Reed the importance of the daily “retrospective”: [The presidential campaign] had a really good team dynamic that relied quite a bit on the “retrospective” meeting at the end of a project that allowed us to stop and say: “What was it like to launch? Read the entire interview here. Best-selling author Cheryl Strayed on the importance of writing daily: I often recommend writing as a tool for self-discovery because it’s helped me so much. Read the entire interview here. How about you? Related:  Rituals

Do It Yourself Doodler So I am many things in this world, but an artist is not one of them. However, David Jablow is just that, and an impressive one no less. His Flickr stream is hands down one of the most impressive I’ve ever seen. He’s taken a 1950′s style Peggy Sue magazine model and put different worlds around her using a single template. The creativity and artistic detail are spectacular. You should definitely go check out his Flickr stream, but here are some you’ll find there. Blank This is the basic template used for the entire portfolio. Ninja Barn Angel v Devil Devil 1, Angel 0 Escapee Riveter There can be no distractions while working the high steel. The Dig I think I know how this ends for our favorite doodle. Trapeeze Painter Picasso he ain’t. Getaway Mermaid I would buy this match on pay-per-view. Mud Papoose’s Revenge Just supporting my statement that babies and toddlers are jerks. Brawl Weresquirrel Mr. Cat Burglar Spacegirl ———- Advertisement ———- ———- Advertisement ———- Fire Drop Body Slam Watcha gonna do brother!?

The Daily Routines of 7 Famous Entrepreneurs & How to Design Yours Our daily routines can make a huge difference to how healthy, happy and productive we are. I’ve recently tried adjusting my own routine in the hopes of getting more done and wasting less time in-between tasks or activities. While it’s important to understand how your own brain works and what routine will suit your body best, I always find it interesting to see what works for others when planning something new for myself. Amazing routines of 7 successful entrepreneurs In the hopes of building the best routine I could, I did some research on the daily routines of some of the most successful people I know of. Jack Dorsey, CEO Square & Founder of Twitter In this video interview with Twitter and Square co-founder, Jack Dorsey, he explains his daily routine as he juggles a full-time role at both companies. To get everything done, Jack puts in an 8-hour day at each company, every day. Back then, when he wrote the post however, it meant that he’s doing 16-hour workdays, Monday-Friday. 1.) 2.) 3.)

50 Life Hacks to Simplify your World Life hacks are little ways to make our lives easier. These low-budget tips and trick can help you organize and de-clutter space; prolong and preserve your products; or teach you something (e.g., tie a full Windsor) that you simply did not know before. Most of these came from a great post on tumblr. 20. 40. Sources – muxedo task: 99 Life Hacks to make your life easier! If you enjoyed this post, the Sifter highly recommends:

TransportarOnline Raises Investment from Ex DHL Exec Latin American logistics and shipping marketplace TransportarOnline has received an undisclosed amount of angel investment from former DHL’s CEO for Global Customer Solutions, Hans Hickler, the company announced today. Previously known as MercadoTransporte, the online freight broker was one of the finalists at TNW Latin America Conference’s Startup Battle (see a video of their pitch). It was also during our event that the team met Hickler, who became an advisor to the company before investing in it. According to TransportarOnline CEO, Federico Vega, this contribution goes well beyond capital. Hickler’s investment comes in addition to the $185k seed capital that TransportarOnline had already received from NXTP Labs, Start-Up Chile, Fundación Chile and its own founders. TransportarOnline is still early-stage, and says that around 250 transactions have been completed on the platform since its launch in August 2012. Image credit: Thinkstock

The Daily Routines of Geniuses Juan Ponce de León spent his life searching for the fountain of youth. I have spent mine searching for the ideal daily routine. But as years of color-coded paper calendars have given way to cloud-based scheduling apps, routine has continued to elude me; each day is a new day, as unpredictable as a ride on a rodeo bull and over seemingly as quickly. Naturally, I was fascinated by the recent book, Daily Rituals: How Artists Work. Author Mason Curry examines the schedules of 161 painters, writers, and composers, as well as philosophers, scientists, and other exceptional thinkers. As I read, I became convinced that for these geniuses, a routine was more than a luxury — it was essential to their work. A workspace with minimal distractions. A daily walk. Accountability metrics. A clear dividing line between important work and busywork. A habit of stopping when they’re on a roll, not when they’re stuck. A supportive partner. Limited social lives.

40 Clever Life Hacks to Simplify your World Back in January the Sifter posted 50 Life Hacks to Simplify your World. The post went on the be one of the most shared articles in the history of the website. At first I was surprised, but soon realized that we all want to simplify and improve our lives; especially when a solution to a common problem is cheap, effective and easy to-do! After spending a lot of time sifting through reddit’s Life Hacks subreddit, BuzzFeed’s endless Life Hack posts and wading through a ton of Life Hack pins on Pinterest, I came up with the list below. 5. 13. 20. 28. Sources – r/LifeHacks on Reddit – DIY/Lifehacks on BuzzFeed – LifeHacker.com – “Life Hacks” on Pinterest If you enjoyed this post, the Sifter highly recommends:

Japan's DoCoMo Partners 500 Startups on Japan Incubator Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo has announced that it is investing in 500 Startups, as part of a deal that sees it launch its own mobile-focused incubator in Japan in partnership with the US company. DoCoMo revealed plans for its own startup-focused venture last October, and it says that the project is worth 10 billion yen — that’s approximately $109 million today, though the conversion was $125 million when first announced last year. Now the operator has confirmed that it has launched the program today, via a new operating company and with support from 500 Startups. The new DoCoMo incubator program is focused on tablet and smartphone related startups in Japan, as you’d well expect from a mobile operator. As well as mobile, DoCoMo says it is keen to recruit startups in the following fields: media/content, finance/payments, commerce, medical/healthcare, machine-to-machine (M2M), aggregation/platforms, environment/ecology and security/safety. Headline image via PHILIPPE LOPEZ/Getty Images

The 5 Daily Rituals That Will Make You Happy You know what percentage of people are really happy? Not “oh, life is pretty good”, I mean people who are flourishing. They feel their lives are fulfilling, meaningful and brimming with potential. Via The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Groove at Home and Work: Only 17 percent of the adult population is said to be flourishing, fulfilling their potential for happiness, success, and productivity. Less than one in five. I’ve been accumulating the research on happiness for a while. Well, one expert finally put it together into a simple 5-part formula. Christine Carter is a sociologist at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center which studies the psychology and neuroscience of well-being. So what’s this formula to find your “sweet spot” of happiness — without completely overhauling your life? Take Recess + Switch Autopilot On + Unshackle Yourself + Cultivate Relationships + Tolerate Some Discomfort = The Sweet Spot Okay, but what do we actually need to do? Don’t worry; it’s pretty easy. Do less.

PDF to Word Converter — 100% Free 24 Daily Habits “We first make our habits, and then our habits make us” – John Dryden I have previously written about how the habit of exercising every day has helped me tremendously. Doing something every day is such a powerful way to form a habit that I thought I would make a list of 24 habits that are worth doing on a daily basis. The Morning 1. 2. 3. “With better awareness you can make better choices and when you make better choices, you will see better results.” 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. The Day 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. The Evening 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. Photo by lululemon athletica

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