Tips For The Unrelenting Creative: The Mind-Blowing Thought Of Productive Procrastination

Hi everyone,

I turned 46 yesterday and had a lovely day celebrating with my family. Turning a year older is always a great moment for me to reflect on the year that has just passed and I have so much in which to be thankful. Now that I’m solidly in my mid-40s (some would say, late 40s, ha), I’m finding that it is the process of creating things (like writing this newsletter) that I appreciate the most. I’m especially thankful to all of you for taking the time to read this newsletter each week. The process of creation and the thought of my writing helping you in some small way each week brings me great joy. Happy reading!


  • How To Excel At Productive Procrastination: What if….and hear me out….Procrastinators are simply experts at prioritizing the most important item on their to-do list at the expense of things that can be put off until later? There’s a name for people like this, they’re called productive procrastinators.

    Tip: The best productive procrastinators I know are experts at prioritization and planning. Take a moment to determine what is most important to you and tackle that first each day. Austin Kleon wrote a great post about productive procrastination. Check it out


  • How To Engage in the Creator Economy: There has never been a better time for creatives to be alive. Less than ten years ago, creatives had to be discovered by someone in their field and identified as talented in order to have a shot at making it on their chosen path. Gatekeepers told the vast majority of passionate creatives that their work wasn’t good enough to be considered. Today, creatives don’t have to wait for gatekeepers to validate their work. They can validate their work themselves. ​ ​

    Tip: The best way to jump into the creative economy is to study and learn about the latest trends in the field. Youtube published their three top creator economy trends recently and I really appreciate how
    frames this emerging field. ​ ​


  • How To Have Self-Compassion: ​Self-Compassion is hard for me. Once or twice a month I lay in bed hours after I had hoped to fall asleep, replaying a moment in the day I desperately wanted to go differently. I think one big reason I have difficulty practicing self-compassion in those moments is because I’m a creative. It makes me wonder why so many creatives I know struggle with self-compassion like I do.​ ​

    Tip: While I am no expert, there are many great resources out there to help you practice self-compassion. One resource I love is a newsletter called
    , which provides weekly mindful productivity strategies that I find particularly useful to my own self-compassion practice. ​Related:

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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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