Productivity hacking creative startups: our tips for inspired working
Working in a creative startup, or in a creative position at a startup you can often feel pulled in two different directions at once. Your primary motivation is to get shit done, but too much time chained to your computer can also limit your effectiveness and finding creative solutions, or producing high-quality inspired work. Here are tips for productivity hacking at Delilah to make sure we crank out as much awesome stuff as possible, with a smile on our faces.
We're kicking off with a controversial one, because Tim Ferriss is a little like marmite: you either love him or loathe him. We're firmly in the love camp, but we're not talking about his 4 Hour-themed books, but his awesome podcast series. He interviews hugely successful people from a whole host of different industries, including the military, sports, startups and academia, and then tries to distill the habits of these world class performers into actionable steps anyone can take to improve their lives. Sometimes the inspiration comes from the most unlikely interviewees, and we love how the podcast rambles over the course of one or even two hours at times. The perfect thing to listen to in the car on the way to the studio!
Well, like duh. We're total caffeine addicts at Delilah, as there's nothing like a jolt of pure caffeine-fuelled adrenaline to start your morning. Thankfully in our home in sunny Singapore there are plenty of coffee shops which also have awesomely designed interiors to stimulate our creativity. Just some of our faves are: Common Man, Stamping Ground (try the cold brew!), Chye Seng Huat Hardware and Carpenter & Cook. We'll be putting together a more comprehensive list in a blog post coming very soon!
While we devour business books, it's fiction which makes our brains whir and our hearts sing. If you're searching for a little creativity and inspiration we recommend getting stuck into Haroun and the Sea of Stories, The Blue Flower, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, The Towers of Trebizond, The Count of Monte Cristo or anything by Haruki Murakami. If you feel like you don't have time to read, sign up to Audible and listen to books as you're working out, commuting or making dinner.
Some people are more Moleskin, but if you're more the digital type, download Evernote on all your devices (it synchs across everything) and never lose an inspiration or thought again. We also are closet Pinterest-addicts of course, but Evernote provides that all important blank canvas for passing moments, while Pinterest can engender those creativity-sapping emotions of envy and lack of confidence!
Take the morning off email, turn off your phone and let yourself get really, really bored. Take a walk outside in nature (without music), then be bored some more. You'll be amazed at what can come out when you let your brain just sit in quiet. If you're running a team, take everyone out for an afternoon at the beach, no devices allowed.
We hope you enjoyed reading these tips -- let us know if you have any more to share with us!