Valerie Khoo


This is the personal blog of Valerie Khoo – artist, author and podcaster. Valerie is passionate about exploring the worlds of creativity and business. She is co-host of the popular podcasts ‘So you want to be a writer’ and ‘So you want to be a photographer’. Valerie is a mentor to artists, writers and business owners on how they can turn their passions into thriving professional practices. She is author of ‘Power Stories: The 8 Stories You MUST Tell to Build an Epic Business’. Valerie is also CEO of the Australian Writers’ Centre, one of the world’s leading centres for writing courses.

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  1. Nicole Miller

    This game initially stressed me out! I’ll have to get used to the timer approach. I need to retrain my dithering ways Thanks for the great tip!

    1. valeriekhoo

      I know! It initially stressed me out too. But now I’m loving it. In some sessions I average 6 seconds per email. Stick with it – you’ll become a email slaying machine 🙂

  2. Robin Henry

    Valerie, I’m surprised you aren’t using an autoresponder system to answer some of your email. There must be many emails that could be dealt with automatically at least in the first instance.

    1. valeriekhoo

      Hi Robin. Indeed that’s already in place with enquiries on courses. And I use Textexpander as well. It’s still a big job!

  3. The weekend ritual that will change your life | Valerie Khoo

    […] 2. People Before you recoil in horror, I don’t mean that you purge people from your life. Well, not exactly. This is where I: (a) Unsubscribe from newsletters that no longer serve me (b) Go through my inbox and make decisions on the people that are the right for me to work with (c) Attempt to get to Inbox Zero. The reality is that I rarely get to Zero, but if I come close enough I’m happy. I lose that nagging feeling that I have a tonne of unattended emails waiting for me to look at them. Bizarrely, this particular activity makes me feel most Zen. I get help here by playing the Email Game. […]