Career Inspiration Round-up: 09/09/2011

Everyday I'm Hustlin poster at Felt and Wire Shop

Everyday I’m Hustlin print, $29.99 at Felt & Wire Shop (currently out of stock).

Happy Friday!

  • If anyone understands time management, it’s working mothers. Joanna at A Cup of Jo rounded up seven top bloggers and asked how they juggled it all.

Great advice:

“Have more than one dream and take opportunities when they arise. My story is often framed as “follow your dreams and everything will work out,” but I had other dreams before Grammar Girl that didn’t work out. I produced a science podcast that I enjoyed, but it wasn’t going anywhere. I experimented with a new idea — Grammar Girl — and when it took off, I ran with it. I’ve seen people get completely derailed when they have too much invested in a single dream that falters. Life rarely follows the path you think it’s going to follow. You’re more likely to find success if you’re open-minded and flexible.

Grammar Girl’s Mignon Fogarty talking to Modcloth

Here are some “Day in the Life”-type posts that offer insight into less typical careers:

  • I love Sometimes Sweet’s “9 to 5″ column. It features jobs that I can see myself doing, but don’t know a ton about (the last three profiles were of an indie bookstore owner, a flight attendant, and a fashion designer).
  • It hasn’t been updated in a while, but I always enjoy Gala Darling’s more outlandish “I Want to Be” column (past profiled careers include a beauty queen, a dominatrix, and a rock star).

Pottery Barn Home Office Wall Organizers
Pottery Barn home office (image via All Things Lovely, similar products available here).

Here are recommendations for boosting your productivity:

  • I’ve been using ZooTool, Pinterest, & (to a lesser extent) Google Reader for bookmarking, and Google Calendar and paper lists for to-do lists/scheduling. They’re all free and fantastic.

Finally, a good reminder for creatives:

“My personal advice for young artists/designers is to start building a collection of resources and inspiration that is not from the internet. Step away from the computer. Go to the library, bookstore, vintage shop or flea market and have a browse. […] Too much of the work that is floating around online right now looks exactly the same. Social networks can be great for dispersing information and for widening your visual library. But they can also cripple your creativity if you don’t take what you find and do something different to make it your own.”

Dana Tamachi talking to Design*Sponge

Have a great weekend!

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