Tiny tweaks make a big difference, compounded over time. And Atomic Habits will help.

You are your habits.

“Success is the product of daily habits,” writes James Clear in his book Atomic Habits, “not once in-a-lifetime transformations.” It’s a message that has resonated: this was Amazon’s best-selling book last year, globally.

I’ve explained before why goals don’t always work, and why it’s more effective to focus on your…

All you really need to write is a pen and paper. But these tools and resources will help you write more — and earn more.

You don’t need anything fancy to start writing.

It’s important to say this from the start. Some of the greatest novels ever written were scratched out with a quill. There’s no need for any of us to go quite that basic any more, but all you really need to begin is a pen and paper.

My favourite pen…

So how are those New Year’s resolutions going?

When I first trained as a life coach, it was all about goals.

Setting them, attaining them, then setting some more in a relentless cycle of achievement. This is effective for some people, and certainly better than bumbling aimlessly through life with no direction at all. But the trouble with goals is that they’re all about the end point, not the journey.

I…

A kinder, gentler, more effective way to plan your year

Before you look forward, look back.

If you want the best in the year to come, it’s important to first spend an hour or so assessing the year just gone. Celebrate your wins in 2021, however small. Look at the work you created, what you’ve learned, what your biggest challenges were and how you moved through…

Feeling weary? Sleep not helping? Discover the seven types of tiredness, and what you need to do to feel better

We get tired. We get weary. And sometimes sleep — essential though it is — just isn’t enough to bring us back to ourselves. We’ve all been carrying an especially heavy load over the past two years,. …

Tom Hodgkinson, editor of The Idler magazine, thinks you should work less and get a phone that’s not quite so smart

A life of idleness

It’s been 27 years since Tom Hodgkinson launched his magazine The Idler, advocating a slower pace of life with time for rest, play, cloud-spotting and creative day-dreaming. …

How do you get the income you deserve? By marketing. Consistently.

Selling and marketing are skills most creatives overlook.

But whether you write, make art, design, make crafts or make music, they are crucial if you want to be rewarded for your work, and make a living from it.

Marketing and selling creative work is different for everyone…

Sheryl Garratt

Writer; editor; coach, supporting creatives to step up and do their best work — and get paid for it! Find me at www.thecreativelife.net

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