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“Of all the writers I know, I have learned the most about how to be a productive creative person from Mark. His tips are always realistic, accessible, and sticky. It’s not just talk, this is productivity advice that will change your life.”

Jocelyn K. Glei, author and Founding Editor, 99U

We are living in an age of unprecedented creative stimulation—via the internet, social media, all-pervasive technology, and an “always on” working culture.

Which means we are living in an age of unprecedented distraction from focused creative work—from all the same sources.

First, computers and the internet transformed the work we did at our desks. Then along came smartphones to transform our social lives and make our work mobile.

Now we have our work, our network, our media, and our social media with us wherever we go. Augmented Reality (AR) is layering more and more virtual elements over the physical world we inhabit, and Virtual Reality (VR) promises us escape to unlimited virtual worlds.

The pace of change is exciting, overwhelming, and unstoppable.

And creators are increasingly discovering a downside to the brave new world:

  • countless distractions and interruptions
  • endless email
  • pressure to keep up
  • anxiety about falling behind
  • difficulty concentrating
  • aches and pains from too much time at the keyboard

Dig a little deeper, and the biggest concern for many creatives is a nagging sense that their most important work is being left undone.

If you’re excited by the opportunities of the creative age, but worried about the effect of all those interruptions and digital distractions on your creative work, Productivity for Creative People has been written for you.

For the past twenty years creative coach Mark McGuinness has helped hundreds of creatives like you to overcome these challenges.

A poet and creative entrepreneur, he is the author of Motivation for Creative People and Resilience: Facing Down Rejection and Criticism on the Road to Success. He is also a co-author of the bestselling books from 99U, Manage Your Day-to-Day and Maximize Your Potential.

Mark’s latest book, Productivity for Creative People, is a collection of insights, tips, and techniques to help you carve out time for your most important work – while managing your other commitments. All the solutions he shares have been tested with real people in real situations.

You will learn:

  • How getting organized can make you more creative
  • Why multitasking doesn’t work
  • How to tell if you’re really overloaded – and what to do about it
  • The importance of panicking early
  • How doing nothing can make you more productive
  • The crucial difference between incubation and procrastination
  • How to carve out time for your most important creative work
  • Why boredom is necessary for creativity
  • What to do about all that email
  • How to nap like a NASA pilot
  • A simple technique to reduce smartphone addiction

Productivity for Creative People is the perfect guide to creating extraordinary work without (necessarily) disappearing to a cabin in the woods, or even giving up your smartphone.

“Many creative people are busier than ever, but rarely get around to the work that truly matters. Mark McGuinness offers solid and practical advice for busy creative people who want to make their mark on the world.”

Todd Henry, author of The Accidental Creative

“Authors now have amazing online tools to reach readers all over the world, but those same tools can distract us from the focused creativity that we love and that we need to write better books. In Productivity for Creative People, Mark McGuinness outlines a way of working that will help you sort out what’s really important and achieve your creative goals, while still managing your daily tasks. Recommended for any author who is feeling overwhelmed.”

Joanna Penn, bestselling author and award-winning entrepreneur. TheCreativePenn.com

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    Creativity

    The story was interesting and very good. It was a great read hopefully I thought it was excellent read. It gave you lots of details and information. Whoever reads this review would get a lot out of it. It was very informative and very helpful to people who really appreciate it.,and need it to self-esteem. It helps to reduce stress and anxiety also distorted problems.

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    Productivity for Creative people

    Excellent. A guide to help people become more creative and productive. The author offers professional advice, practical methods in our creative work, working habits, working culture and developing creative routine.

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    Productivity for Creative People

    Following Mark’s previous book, Motivation for Creative People, this book is the most helpful I’ve read in terms of practical advice and emotional support for people in varying creative fields. He offers day-to-day practical solutions for managing time, creative blocks, and work efficiency as well as helps us identify the pervasiveness of emotional and mental blocks that occur when pursuing what we love to do. He writes in an open and honest way that helps artists like myself feel less alone in understanding the challenges of pursuing a creative career. No matter where you are in your creative life, Productivity for Creative People will undoubtedly help you gain better awareness of your challenges and how to transform yourself into the productive creative person you’ve always hoped you would be. I highly recommend this book, and will pass it on to any and everyone interested in achieving more in their creative life.

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    Practical advice that can be immediately applied

    The opportunity to review Productivity for Creative People came days after I had uninstalled social media from my phone as it was an overwhelming distraction. This was an easy book to get stuck into. Mark's advice struck a very immediate chord for me because instead of providing a rigid system that one must follow step-by-step, Mark offers practical techniques that can be incorporated into any creative individual's day in the order that fits best with their life. Written by a creative professional you can tell that the author has examined and evaluated his own working lifestyle as well as that of other creatives so you know that the information is coming from years of experience, trial and error and...procrastination–a Creative's nemesis! The biggest take away for me is to "put hard edges in your day". Decide what time and how long I am going to do my creative work. And when the time comes, DO IT without guilt!

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    A Solid Productivity Book

    Good mix of story and techniques though perhaps the most important advice is tucked away at the end of the introduction...

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