Oliver Burkeman is an award-winning thought leader and the author of 4 bestselling books about time, happiness, and strategies for living our best lives. His new book, Four Thousand Weeks, is about making the most of our radically finite lives in a world of impossible demands, relentless distraction and political insanity (and 'productivity techniques' that mainly just make everyone feel busier).
On today's show, Jen and Oliver connect over their complicated relationship with the term "self-help," discuss how we can maximize our creative time, and explore how understanding our own limits can make us feel limitless in our creativity. They also discuss:
2:47 - How Oliver avoids nihilism in his approach to time management.
6:15 - How to settle into our work and our creativity.
7:18 - How to give ourselves permission to evolve as creatives.
11:02 - How to establish creative parameters around our material
16:48 - How do we accept ourselves as creatives?
21:08 - How to avoid boxing ourselves into a creative identity.
27:31 - How actively being present helps our creativity.
Visit https://jenniferlouden.com/podcastkit/ to get instant access to a collection of audios that will:
- help you with some of the most common struggles we creatives have to manage including fear of choosing,
- falling into compare and despair, managing the inner critic (s),
- and feeling too exposed and vulnerable when you put yourself or your work into the world.
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