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 efficient 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 help audiobook would work for me. Long story short, I tried it and I’m a convert. I enjoyed listening to Make it Happen by Lara Casey 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

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

You Can Heal Your Life

Ten Great Books on Creative Work

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Being a “creative person” is not easy. With all the passion, excitement and ambition you could have for your creative career/hobby, it brings along quite a few challenges. When I started Visual Communication in 2013, I was confused. I still remember the day I was questioning myself; why was I not super motivated to do my best work even though I was so passionate about it. I still got into mental blocks, often lacked motivation and was sometimes desperate for inspiration.

So I made a conscious effort to research and understand how to overcome creative blocks, maintain motivation and find inspiration. I wish I knew back then what I do today, but I’m still ever so grateful for the whole process. I thought I’d share some of the best books that have helped me understand creativity more in depth. The first ebook is the best place to get started. It’s a free 36 page eBook and I think the author has done a great job introducing some of the most essential concepts a creative person needs to learn. Needless to say, each and every book listed below is a gem.

1. Mastering Creativity
2. Big Magic
3. The War of Art
4. The Creative Habit
5. Creative Confidence
6. Show Your Work
7. Steal Like an Artist
8. Daily Rituals
9. Script magic
10. Very Good Lives

Click on the titles for a summary, reviews and ratings on Goodreads.

Books I’ve read in 2015

My reading challenge this year is to complete 15 books. I’ve chosen to downsize the goal this year because I want to read self growth books and skip fiction this year. In general, I’m pretty happy with the books I’ve read this year.

  1. Detail In Typography
  2. 7:46pm
  3. God Never Blinks
  4. Steal Like an Artist
  5. Stop Stealing Sheep & Find Out How Type Works
  6. The Power of Less
  7. Creative Visualization
  8. Think and Grow Rich
  9. Daily Rituals: How Artists Work
  10. Eat That Frog
  11. 1001 Ways to Empowerment
  12. The Power of Your Subconscious Mind
  13. The 5 Love Languages

Ten favorite books of 2014

This is a quick list of the books I enjoyed most in 2014. I linked to each book’s page on Goodreads in case you’re interested in checking them out.

1. Animal Farm
2. Show Your Work
3. Type Matters
4. The Book Thief
5. Divergent Trilogy
6. We Were Liars
7. The Willpower Instinct
8. حبيبتي بكماء
9. Gone girl
10. Discovering Your Soul Signature