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Design Systems That Fuel Your Creativity

Lesson 1 of 18

Class Introduction

 

Design Systems That Fuel Your Creativity

Lesson 1 of 18

Class Introduction

 

Lesson Info

Class Introduction

Thank you all for being here, I am really excited to share everything that I've learned with you. So, I've spent the last 10 years using the internet to make things to connect people, to share ideas and to tell stories. So, I thought we'd begin by me sharing with you one of the very first things that I ever made using the internet. So, think back to 2005 when YouTube had just come out, these tools and this technology was really new and I was sitting at an Indian restaurant with an old roommate who for some reason was very sad and a Bollywood music video came on the screen and she said you know what, we should go home and make one of those. So, I wanna show you a little bit of the very first thing that I ever made using the internet. (audience laughing) Yeah, we needed the fan to create the you know, hair blowing in the wind and it was our attempt at special effects because if you've ever seen a Bollywood movie, you know that's exactly what happens. (audience laughing) And this went v...

iral of course, right? This ended up having something like 8,000 views shortly after we posted it and it was literally the beginning of what I called my creative career. All right, so you guys get the point. So, it's not exactly what you would call the start of a promising creative career and it doesn't exactly appear to be something that would lead to what I've done for the last 10 years in which I've produced more than 700 episodes of a podcast, written four books and written hundreds of articles on the internet and worked on dozens of other creative projects, almost all of which has been done in roughly two hours a day. So, what we're gonna talk about today is how to design systems that enable you to dramatically increase your creative output, how to develop any new habit that you want and how to develop a lifelong creative practice that you can apply to virtually anything you wanna do creatively. So, let's begin with this idea of willpower. So, one of the things that challenges most people when it comes to making any sort of behavioral change is the fact that they depend on willpower, and willpower is something that you have in limited supply. So, the average human being makes hundreds of decisions every single day. What to eat, what to wear, what links to click on, what emails to respond to, what route to take to work, and what happens is that each one of these decisions that you make ends up depleting your will power.

Class Description

Whether you know it or not, there are a whole host of things that either stimulate or obstruct your productivity and creativity. Where you work, the people you see, the equipment you use, the sounds you hear, the information you consume—every aspect of your environment and daily habits has a major impact on your performance as a creator.

If you want to have more control over the quality of your work, you need to consciously design the systems, environments, and habits that will allow you to succeed. This course will help you do just that.

Author, instructor, and popular podcaster Srinivas Rao will show you how to eliminate the things that are draining your creativity and mental energy—from distracting devices to annoying noises to poorly designed offices. Then he’ll help you create the surroundings and develop the practices that activate the unconscious mind and produce creative breakthroughs.

In this class, you’ll learn how to:

  • Assess the environments in your life and figure out how to optimize them.
  • Set up your technical devices to get rid of distractions and reduce the flow of information.
  • Manage your attention so you can encourage flow and reach peak performance.
  • Create habits and rituals that promote creativity and productivity.
  • Choose the right collaborators who will compensate for your weaknesses and expand your capabilities.

Reviews

Melissa Dinwiddie
 

What a fabulous class! Srini covered one actionable idea after another that can be implemented immediately to fuel creativity right out of the gate. And the beautiful thing is that each tactic builds on all the others, so every little step you take will improve your overall systems. I loved the stories from his podcast and the guest speakers, too. My only complaint was that some of the slides had a lot of text on them -- too much to read. Other than that, it was well-organized, thoughtful, and super useful. I've already recommended it to several people in passing.

Kathryn Kilner
 

This is a great course for anyone pursuing creative work. It is easy to get distracted in the modern world and Srinivas provides practical insights and tested systems for empowering creatives to focus and get more done. Although I've read a lot about how to optimize my habits, I was challenged in this course to think differently about how I structure my time and my work space. The changes I've made have helped me be more productive.

a Creativelive Student
 

I've watched many CreativeLive courses. While I find many interesting, there are only a handful that capture my attention from beginning to end. This was one of those. The speaker mentioned countless gems that were applicable not only to creativity and productivity, but to how one lives daily life. There were multiple "deep thoughts" and several practical ways to alter one's environments (including physical and mental) in order to enhance productivity and general well-being. I've already implemented a few suggestions, and am anxious to revisit my notes on this course repeatedly.