Last week, I was a workshop presenter at the Echo Conference. I led a workshop called Rhythms and Tools for Creative Work. Here was the description:
Most of us have had a good idea come to us in the mundane moments of life, like drifting off to sleep. (Hopefully, we remembered it in the morning.) While these epiphanies are nice, most creative genius is cultivated out of good habits and workflows. In this workshop, we’ll discuss the rhythms, practices, and tools that we use to capture and craft ideas into masterpieces.
The first half of the workshop I talked about The Creative Loop, and how it serves as a marker for my own creative rhythms. The second half was more nuts and bolts (mostly nuts) as I did a live demo of some of my processes for capture. As promised to everyone who attended (and for anyone else who is interested), here are my slides, as well as links to the many resources and books that were mentioned.
Software used by me:
- OmniFocus – task capture and management
- Yojimbo – see this post: Capturing Ideas Revisited: Yojimbo
- Notational Velocity or NVAlt – see this post: Capturing Ideas Revisited: Text Files
- DevonThink – I’m using this as a paperless system for scanned documents, but it could replace Yojimbo as well. (Working on a post for this.)
- Basecamp – web app used for collaborating on projects
- Wunderlist – we use this at our house for our shopping lists, but could be useful for task lists too
Other software mentioned:
- Evernote – a great catch everything bucket, but doesn’t quite do what I need it to do
- Things – task management, perhaps more user friendly, but less powerful, than OmniFocus
- The Hit List – a nice looking task management app, but haven’t tried it out enough to comment on it
- Flow – a nice web based task management app with built-in collaboration
- The Artist’s Way, by Julia Cameron
- Bird by Bird, by Anne Lamott
- The Creative Habit, by Twyla Tharp
- Getting Things Done, by David Allen
- The Now Habit, by Neil Fiore – in particular, I mentioned the chapters on The Flow State
- Untitled, by Blaine Hogan
- The War of Art, by Steven Pressfield
Thanks to everyone who participated at that unholy hour of 9am. If I overlooked anything, or if you you have further questions, feel free to drop a line in the comments below or catch me on Twitter.