The biggest influence on my insights this month was easily Show Your Work by Austin Kleon. I’m supposed to be reading Brain Rules (and I am) but it’s pretty heady stuff, pun intended. I got diverted and started re-reading Steal Like An Artist by Kleon which lead me to Show Your Work. I read both of these books in a matter of days.
You can read my full reviews on the books here, but the combination of the two books helped me to come up with my own social media policy and to try and be creative every day.
For my new Social Media policy, it’s very simple – Share something that is interesting, entertaining, or helpful. Is a picture of my dog, or food, or something mundane any of those things? Probably not. Is the way I plan my workout routines as a Personal Trainer helpful? Maybe a little more so.
For creativity, the books gave me a spark of motivation to sit down and write. I started using two simple prompts in my daily journal:
Favorite Articles from the Month:
- How to read more – I applied the principle of stopping a book after 50 pages if I wasn’t enjoying it, and gave up on The Cat Who Walked Though Walls.
- The six daily habits that helped me to build a product with 3.5 million users – I really appreciated these from a productivity standpoint, and it further reinforced the need to kill meetings.