Amber Rae shares how she schedules her day for optimum productivity levels:
Set priorities on Sunday: Every Sunday, I sit down and map out my week. Instead of defining the hour-by-hour of each day, I outline my weekly priorities and what I want to have accomplished by the following Sunday.
Map out work, play, fit, and push: Work: For each day, I outline my “Top 3,” meaning the three most important things I will have accomplished by the end of the day. Sometimes I’ll map out the entire week on Sunday because my priorities are super clear. Other times, I’ll decide on my Top 3 on a day-by-day basis. Play: I’ve found that play enables me to self-express, reflect, and give my ideas space, which shows up positively in my work. Making time to create art, get into nature, go on photo walks, read poetry, skip down sidewalks and the like puts me in a constant state of curiosity and flow. Fit: Movement keeps ideas moving forward so I aim to move my body for at least 30 minutes each day. Push: Since learning and growth is important to me, I do something that scares me (almost) every day. This may be asking someone whom I deeply respect for an interview or writing about a topic that makes me feel vulnerable.
Batch your days: Batching actions into specific days and creating time for creativity has been a huge gamechanger for me.
Have Yourself A Geeky Little Christmas: It can be surprisingly difficult to find the right gift for the tech fanatics in your life. Here’s one idea:
Nobody likes desktop cable clutter (except maybe the Grinch), and while the most fastidious of us have overcome it with precise arrangement and careful coiling, most computer users just end up tolerating the power cords and charging cables that snake messily along the back half of our desks. The Cable Fondler is a quick, cheap fix—a $15 piece of bamboo that sticks to the side of your desk, keeping your power cord and the rest out of the way—but still at arms reach.
Even if you haven’t heard of the Artefact, you’ve seen their work. A hired gun for design by companies like Google, Apple and Amazon, their influence crops up in everything from Xboxes to HTC’s latest smartphones. (They’ve also created intriguing design concepts that we’ve seen here and here and here.)
Now the company is going through a bit of a transition, from pure consulting work to creating products of its own.