Tips For The Unrelenting Creative: How To Live On 24 Hours A Day

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Hi everyone,

Happy Tuesday! I’m going to get right to the heart of the newsletter this week so I can dive back into another round of edits on my book. As always, please do not hesitate to reach out if I can be helpful in any way.

Thanks and have a wonderful week!


  • How To Live On 24 Hours A Day: When there is a lot on my plate, I try to cram as much as possible into a finite amount of time. That often means I push the boundaries of time at work, which in turn takes away from time with my family, my other projects, and, importantly, sleep.

    Tip: Author Arnold Bennett argued that we should divide our days into three equal parts between sleep, work, and everything else. Two things come up for me when I think about my day in this way. First, I work too many hours. Second, I am not making the most out of the remaining eight hours in my day. Blogger Justin Fuller wrote this great post about how to live on 24-hours in a day. 

    Related: ​The Portfolio Career
  • How To Overcome Confirmation Bias: When I was in sixth grade, I grew to 5’11. The problem was that I grew so quickly that I was a clumsy mess. To commemorate that glorious time of my life, I was given the nickname of uncoordiNate, which has been entered into the middle school nickname hall of fame, btw. In my adult life, I’m well in control of my body, and yet confirmation bias allows me to find weekly opportunities to bring that nickname full force back into my life.

    Tip: Author Lakshmi Mani states that “confirmation bias is the human tendency to seek, interpret and remember information that confirms pre-existing beliefs.” While my proclivity to trip over myself is an innocuous, self-imposed belief from my childhood, it is important to confront and push out other instances of confirmation bias, which could deeply interfere with your ability to move forward in your life and career. Check out Lakshmi’s full article about confirmation bias here

    Related: Everyone Needs A Dream Crusher
  • How To Create An Offramp From Your Career: Creatives often struggle to fit in when it comes to traditional, 9-5 work. That leaves many looking for a work alternative. The internet gives creatives the opportunity to build an offramp from their traditional career on their terms, using tools that were designed specifically for those in the creative fields to thrive. 

    Tip: If you are looking for an offramp from your current career, it’s all about developing additional financial stability so you can take the risks necessary to leave your 9-5 position. One way to do this is to build and sell something online using the expertise you have as a side hustle before you exit your position. Doing so will allow you to test the waters of your idea while retaining the stability of your 9-5 position. Here’s a story about how creator Khe Hy transitioned away from his 9-5 position.

    Related: Seven Tips For Creatives Searching For A 9-5 Job

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Nate Zeisler is the Dean for Community Initiatives at the Colburn School in Los Angeles. He envisions a world where students majoring in the arts have a clear path to a sustainable career, where creative minds are empowered and inspired to rule the workforce, and where access to the arts is not just for the privileged few, but for all.

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