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. Helen Crozier

    Great article, Valerie. I agree it’s important not to get bogged down with the minutiae of business and life administration. If we are not careful it is possible to spend 100 percent on those and wonder why we are no closer to our dreams or living a fulfilled life.

    My latest success with productivity has been to do with focusing on the big rocks and limiting those to three but excluding the abovementioned minutiae. I am currently drawn to writing those three things on (gasp) a post-it note and sticking it to the front of my wallet/notebook/laptop and not allowing myself to do anything else until they are completed. For those needing the comfort of a digital version of such reminders the wonderful Evernote software has a post-it note option. When you take a photo of the post-it you can even add a reminder to it. I love that merging of paper and digital – if you happen to lose the sticky note then you still have an image of it on your computer or mobile. How great is that?

    I have also of late been doing a weekly cull of my emails down to zero but not stressing if it doesn’t stay that way for the rest of the week. Life is more than inbox zero…. truly don’t you agree?

    ps I’ve included a post of yesterday’s sticky note so you can see my example – you can see that it wasn’t really three – more likely seven items but they were business changing big rocks that needed to be addressed. No 1 is in draft. No 2 was done and No 3 also in draft.

    1. Valerie Khoo

      Thanks Helen. Busy day! By the way, I’ve been loving your latest posts on your blog. They land in my inbox and I learn something new every time 🙂

      1. Helen Crozier

        Oh thanks Valerie you’ve made my day. Funnily enough I had to dig out the SMH article you did about web apps to prove to someone I had been on the ball with that stuff for quite a while. It was written in 2009!!!

  2. Mrsceeeceee

    This post came just at the right time for me. Exciting opportunities and new projects are coming my way, but I can feel the overwhelm beginning.
    Tomorrow it’s going to be all about the 20%

    1. Valerie Khoo

      Thrilled to hear that it’s useful. Can’t wait to hear about your new opps 🙂

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