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Introduction: Why This Site Exists

About two years ago, I discovered the book Getting Things Done by David Allen. A year or two before, I read the book The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. Both are great books that tackle similar problems: things in your life aren’t moving forward for one reason or another and you’re feeling stuck. The former deals with the plight of the overwhelmed knowledge worker; the latter deals with the stuck artist.

As someone who inhabits both worlds of knowledge work and creativity (I’m a graphic designer as well as a fine artist), I wondered how to tie the two together. GTD is great for knowledge work, but how do you apply the same principles to creative work? And the New Age-y principles of The Artist’s Way don’t always go over well in the business world.

I searched high and low for a website that addresses this matter, but I haven’t quite found it. So I’m creating that site now. Just like 43 Folders was created because there were no Mac-centric productivity websites, I’m launching this site to start a conversation about various tips and tricks to jump-start your creativity in a practical manner.

This won’t be a GTD site, nor will it be an Artist’s Way site. It’s likely to be something of a mix, and I want to invite you to join me in finding and sharing ways to spark creativity.

Any and all suggestions are welcome. If there’s something you’d like to see, leave a note in the comments.