Book Quotes: Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind

I’ve been meaning to read this book for a long time and I’m glad I finally did. Here are a bunch of quotes that I found especially relevant. From the book Manage Your Day-to-Day edited by Jocelyn K. Glei.


Notice the times you have most energy, dedicate them to your most important work.

Frequency sparks creativity. When you work regularly, inspiration strikes regularly. Frequency helps when you have a creative project on the side when you have other commitments. Frequency helps you make progress.

What you do everyday matters more than what you do once in a while.

You’re only going to become professional when you do your work when you don’t feel like it.

You can’t try to do things, you must simply do them.

Move to a different space to work on your focused work sessions. Get offline to get away from distractions if necessary and if possible.

Remind yourself of your progress to motivate you to keep going. Make progress visible: Keep a daily journal, save iterations, post milestones, etc.

If day to day work is the only thing you’re working on, it will frustrate you. Keep a list of projects you’d like to work on in your spare time. And set aside a specific time each week or each day to make progress on the list. Sometimes it feels inefficient in the moment, especially when there are so many priorities screaming for your attention. But it keeps your creative energy flowing. Keep a record of your ideas, things you want to try, etc. and work on them during this time. When you do this, you increase the likelihood of a creative breakthrough in other areas of your work.

Thirty minutes of exercise are proven to significantly increase creativity and productivity.

Inspiration is for amateurs, professionals show up everyday.


Book Quotes: Make it Happen: Surrender Your Fear. Take the Leap. Live On Purpose.

I’ve been hesistant whether to switch back to audiobooks and whether a self growth audiobook would work for me (since my self growth books are usually full of highlights, underlines and post its). Long story short, I tried it and I’m a convert. I enjoyed listening to Make it Happen by Lara Casey, saved many bookmarks and took a ton of notes along the way.


The beautiful paradox about failure is that failure will get you further than fear. Failure has the potential to guide us to be better. To summon our strength and push us forward with greater determination. You will learn from your failures more than you will ever learn from your successes.

How you spend your time is how you spend your life.

Thank God for his unconditional love and comfort for you, although your lack of acknowledgment.

Don’t just pray for what is logical and possible. Pray for what seems to be impossible.

Whatever you’re going through right now, if it’s humbling you and making you pray… it’s for a good reason.

Wherever your attention is focused, your heart will follow. If you heart is constantly divided, how can what matters take root into rich soil? Your attention is either at one thing or the other.

Commit to daily tending!!! Break each goal into something you can do every day. It will all add up. Build your everyday into making things happen. How will what you do every day build into your annual goals?

You don’t have to put a time limit for your goals. Prioritize quality over quantity.

Favorite Self Growth Books

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
Daily Rituals: How Artists Work
Discovering Your Soul Signature
Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time
Focus: A Simplicity Manifesto in the Age of Distraction
God Never Blinks: 50 Lessons for Life’s Little Detours
Mastering Your Mean Girl: The No-BS Guide to Silencing Your Inner Critic and Becoming Wildly Wealthy, Fabulously Healthy, and Bursting with Love
Make it Happen: Surrender Your Fear. Take the Leap. Live On Purpose.
Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind
Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative
The Power of Positive Thinking
The Power of Your Subconscious Mind
The Rumi Daybook
The Secret
The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles
What I Know For Sure
You Can Heal Your Life

Favorite Essential Oils

If you’re newly into essential oils or want to try them out, I recommend these for starters. They’re very multi functional and highly effective, I like to call them nature’s medicine.

Lavender – Helpful for sleep/insomnia, acne scars, acne, mood boost, confidence, anxiety relief, burn relief, cuts, headache relief, nausea, inflammation, skincare, etc.

Tea Tree – Helpful for blemishes, cough/colds, fungus, other skin concerns, cuts/wounds, household cleaner, etc.

Grapefruit – Helpful for mood boosting, antibacterial, stress relief, circulation and muscle pain relief, skincare, etc.

If you want to learn more, these are great references: Dr. Axe’s Essential Oils Guide and 101 Essential Oil Uses & Benefits