Plans, podcasts & reads to get 2019 off to a great start!

Each year, I make a list of New Year’s Resolutions and I even end up keeping some of them!

What’s worked for me in the past is writing them down in a diary and looking back at them over the year to see if they are still relevant to me and if I am keeping them.

In the same vein, in 2019, I am making list of resolutions for my work life. Will I keep them? Find out in 2020!

In the meantime, here are some of my favourite creative and business things to get 2019 off to a great start.


When you are self-employed and/or running a business, it helps to plan and stay organised and these are some things that help me get through my week:

  • JOURNAL - Although I have an online planner, I also have a physical diary to write in and check as I find it incredibly handy to make notes on. I usually get mine on Muji or The Journal Shop because they do lovely clean and minimal journals. My 2019 journal is from Midori.

  • ASANA - This online project management tool acts as a great project planner and to-do list

  • WAVE - I have been using Wave for a while and I recommend it for its ease of use for your accounting and invoicing needs

  • BUFFER - Still using this after a few years to plan and schedule social media. Again, ease of use wins!


As you might know, I am a huge fan of podcasts. As well as listening purely for pleasure, I love having them on in the background when I am working on designs (I can’t when I’m writing though!). I’ve also learnt a lot from podcasts. At the tail-end of last year, I listened to “fun” Finance podcasts - sound niche, but they are do exist!

Here are some of my best listens:

  • Creative Pep Talk - if you find yourself lacking motivation or energy, Andy J. Pizza’s voice will cheerlead you back into making your best work

  • Five on Design - has lots of short bursts of information for designers, freelancers and creative entrepreneurs from how to subcontract to how to work with clients or improve your design and business skills

  • The Fairer Cents - explores economic issues and addresses issues of equality

  • Call Your Girlfriend - covers a whole range of topics, but I particularly enjoyed their Millennial Money episodes

  • The Cut on Tuesdays - topical conversations on culture, style, sex, politics, and people and I loved the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez episode, her campaign story is so interesting too (see below)


After swapping out r/ChoosingBeggars on Reddit (yikes) with much better reading content, here are some of my favourite recent reads:

Gluten Free Antarctica by Maciej Ceglowski 

How the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez campaign got its powerful design by Aileen Kwun

The unbelievable tale of a fake hitman, a kill list, a darknet vigilante... and a murder by Gian Volpicelli


Great places to find articles to read:

Longform (Various)

99U (Creativity + Entrepreneurship)

Brain Pickings (Various)

Nautilus (Science)


Other random bits and pieces to check out:

Design conferences on Neon Moire

Interesting new app. releases on Product Hunt

Dollar Babies lets film students make Stephen King films for $1

Outside In have been doing lots of great things to help support homeless people and making beautiful products too

Happy 2019!

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