What Happens When I Surround Myself With Creative People – Ryan Bonaparte

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As I’ve mentioned before, your creativity is highly influenced by your environment. The way that you see the world is through the lens of your experiences, both past and present. All that you’ve been through and all that you know shapes your perception of what it takes to be different.

So when it comes to being different, to adding your own uniqueness to the world, it dramatically helps to bring together others who are interested in doing the same thing.

There are classic examples of great thinkers, innovators, artists, and other creatives who were only able to do what they are known for because of the company they kept.

From the discussions between Plato and Aristotle, to the letters of J.R.R Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, to the joint efforts of the impressive actors Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen, collaboration and discourse led to improvement and inspiration.

Some of the biggest movements in history stand out not for individual accomplishments, but for the way that individual innovators drew from each other to create their own individual works that reflected what they as a community faced. Looking at times like the European Renaissance during the 14th through 17th centuries, to the Harlem Renaissance in the early 20th century, to what I would call the “Technology Renaissance”, occurring as we speak, it’s through relationships, the sharing of ideas, and building of bonds that these were possible.

It’s no coincidence that historical and modern-day figures of those eras were all present during the same time period, making waves. It’s actually through the discussions, the arguments, and the observations they made that they were able to build off of each other and create something novel.

If you’re looking to become more creative, work with others who are doing the same. They don’t have to be at your level. They can be just starting out if you’re a veteran, or vice versa. One of the great things about creativity is that it doesn’t really have a hierarchy. You can be just as creative today as you were 10 years ago. There’s always something to learn from others, and always something to gain from trying new things together.

I try to spend time surrounded by creative people whenever I can. It’s an amazing feeling to be with those who are also interested in creating something new and just see their approach to not only the creative process, but their entire lives. I always come away with something new. It could just be the way I think about my ideas or it could be entirely fresh ideas built on the topics we discussed.

If spending time with creative people is not something you regularly do, I would strongly suggest that you make that a priority. Creativity is a multiplier; you will see massive changes in the way you approach your work and the way you approach your life.

The Secret of Email: The Golden Rule – Kirby Ingles

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Ever wonder how you can earn more time doing what is most important to you?

Do you feel like escaping from behind your desk and away from the 126 emails the average person receives per day?

There is a way for you to process through all your emails.

Would you love to hear more about it? Out of 126 emails, only 77 are legitimate.

How would you enjoy knowing about a golden rule that pierces through your inbox?

Save Yourself from Email

When I was a Human Resources Manager in Upstate New York, my days centered around email. It seemed as if I was chained to my desk. I was so buried in processing email that I would forget to drink my coffee. Not realizing the time that flashed by, I would grab my cup and sip some nasty, cold coffee. After several months of reliving this tragedy daily, I bought a candle warmer to keep my coffee warm. The problem was not the coffee cooling, but it was me living inside of my inbox that kept me from enjoying my favorite morning beverage.

“Veni, Vidi, Vici”

“I came, I saw, I conquered.”

How to Take Over Your Email

The golden rule of email is the same concept as Get Things Done. If you spend longer than two minutes processing an email, put it in a folder to process or reply later. Create 3 folders. First, create a folder to place emails that require a response that lasts longer than two minutes to draft. Second, you need a folder where you can store things that do not require responses, but are waiting upon an action. Last, create a folder where you can archive items that you think are valuable and will reference later.

The average Jane or Joe types 38-40 words per minute. Sentences are comprised of 8-11 words to be easily read. Do the math and that equals 7-10 sentences per 2 minutes. Generally, you can communicate effectively to most emails in 7-10 sentences if you cut out the fat. If you want to change your behavior, you must change your thinking. Take a Twitter-like approach who limits tweets to 140 characters. Instead, use 7-10 sentences to convey your thoughts. When you slice the excess fat, that means you use plain text, limit attachments and no abbreviations or emoticons. Do not send one-liners such as Thank You, Okay, and kill the read receipts. You’re not only fiddling around, but cluttering up inboxes with rubbish. Respect the recipient by providing a prompt, clear, concise and easy-to-read email. Your goal is to keep the amount of elapsed time to less than an hour in your email.

7 Steps to Make Certain Your Inbox is at Zero

  1. Start using the golden rule of email.
  2. Create a 3 folder system.
  3. Process your inbox first by reading the subject and scanning.
  4. If you can craft an email response in two minutes, execute.
  5. Process your folders according to importance.
  6. Process emails in each folder from more important to least significant.
  7. Spend more face-to-face time with the people you work with and enjoy hot coffee.

Ultimately, once I took control of my inbox, I was in a position to be a more engaged leader that had a face, not a signature block.

Looking to Increase Social Media Productivity? You Need a Content Calendar – Reade Milner

Promoting content is already a daunting task. Having everything strewn all over the place could make it even more so. Between strategy planning and creating content, there is just so much that goes on in a social media setting that it’s hard to keep everything organized and running smoothly. And even worse, all the effort you pour into the task may be put to waste as inefficiency crawls in with all the chaos.

But, what if you had a way to keep everything flowing smoothly with a seamless rhythm that puts everything in its proper place? Say hello to your social media content calendar.

What It Is and What It Does

A social media content calendar is something that your entire team can use to plan every single activity that involves your content. It gives a clear timeline on what topics to discuss, what days these topics should be posted, and when they will be distributed on your social media pages.

It could be something as detailed as this from Hootsuite:


Or it could also be something as straightforward as this, from CoSchedule:

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