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Designing your system for creativity: Inputs

Watched Designing Your System for Creativity | March 2023 by Oliver Burkeman from Oliver Burkeman

Build a personalised practice for getting creative work done, consistently and enjoyably, in the face of distraction, procrastination, and endless competing demands on your time.


  1. A road map for imperfect creativity
  2. Finding the time
  3. How to think about ideas
  4. Building an idea farm: collecting
  5. Building an idea farm: planting

Guest speakers:

Tools he uses:

Organizing approach:

“You have to keep a dozen of your favorite problems constantly present in your mind, although by and large they will lay in a dormant state. Every time you hear a new trick or a new result, test it against each of your twelve problems to see whether it helps.”
— Richard Feynman

Overnight challenge:

Choose one to do before second half of talk tomorrow:

  1. begin a 30-day challenge
  2. cross a creative bridge — make a significant transition — something that closes some options
  3. let go of a project or idea

Day 2:

Designing your system for creativity: Outputs

By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at She/her.

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