Personal Development

Blog Lovin’, Better Habits & Making Space for Your Creative Work

A casual discussion about the freedom of writing and being a blogging warrior turned into a fully-blown podcast about the advantages of multiple offices, the positive domino effect of introducing more positive habits one at a time, including how cutting down on caffeine can help you get up earlier. (But can admittedly be tough if you rely on it to get your work done!)

Yes, I’m talking about the latest Mountain Shores Podcast (episode 7) with Fabian Kruse and myself. You can listen over at the MoSho website or listen/subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher.

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I’ve gone into more detail on the topic of making space for your creative work over at – this is a sneak peek of the long-delayed but ‘definitely coming eventually’ Produce the Goods Micro-Guide (part 4 of the Career Masterplan for Mad Geniuses).

It was also great to see Arran Arctic’s take on the previous MoSho episode including illustrations of Dave Ursillo’s anecdotes re: leaving his job to become a writer, which follows on nicely from the Graphic Recorder’s sketchnotes of episode 5.

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Arran’s posting some great stuff on his ‘Do Give Up the Day Job’ blog so do check it out. Also, does anyone want to take up the baton and do an illustration for the newest episode? We’d love to see how you interpret our meandering discussion!

2 replies on “Blog Lovin’, Better Habits & Making Space for Your Creative Work”

I like this illustrating of the podcasts, the visualisation really helps summarise bits of the discussion. Listening to the podcast, it’s all too easy to miss a bit without realising. It’s precisely the reason why I’ve listened to the latest episode twice, just to make sure I’m taking in the salient points!

It highlights my continued naivety that I’m still impressed/surprised at how in depth it is possible to go on working methods and productivity techniques. You can tell I don’t rely on my creativity for a living! It makes an interesting contrast with the enforced structure of a 9-5 office job, where nobody seems to give *any* thought to it. If they do, then it doesn’t get communicated to the employees. Would a 9-5 job be any more bearable if employers gave their employees more control over their productivity, or can most people not be trusted…?


Hi Paul, I’m honoured you’ve listened twice – even I start to tire of my voice after listening once 😉

Although some of my jobs were very structured, In one of my previous 9-5 job I was able to set my own schedule, and it was then I realised how bad I was at it!

It then took my first year of being freelance to get into a better routine, but even now it doesn’t take too much to derail me!

I think it does take a lot of practice for creative folk, but perhaps some people are just naturally disciplined.

I think as Fabian and I both value our free time highly, but also want to get some decent work done, it can be a challenge for us in particular to get the balance right..

Thanks again for listening!


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