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. Lisa

    Thanks Valerie – this sounds like a great routine! I will give it a go.

    1. Valerie Khoo

      Let me know how you go 🙂

  2. Kelly Exeter

    My weekend ritual is my Sunday night ‘hour of power’. I tackle my inbox and get it all organised for the week ahead so I can hit the ground running come Monday 🙂

    1. Valerie Khoo

      Love that: “hour of power”!

  3. Louisa Peterson

    Thanks for the great tips!

    1. Valerie Khoo

      Hope you enjoy doing them – I guarantee you’ll be more Zen 🙂

  4. Robinoz

    You’ve formalised what I feel most of us do, perhaps at different times or to a different extent. Because I don’t “go” to work anymore, I’m at home at least part of most days, the weekend has not the significance it once had (I can do things any day) and I find I do the things you mention as the mood strikes. The result is similar although not so methodical. Thanks for a good read and the opportunity to review.

    1. Valerie Khoo

      I used to do it as the mood struck me too. But then I found it rarely struck me! This way I’ve allocated a dedicated time to it – and it finally gets done. I had to give myself a system for it a work.

      1. Robinoz

        I know what you mean, slippage often occurs without a dedicated time.

  5. John

    I keep my gmail inbox to under 10 emails as much as I can and I throw out a bag of clothes every few months if I haven’t worn them. I have also unsubscribed from a lot of online emails and newsletters.

    Great post.

    1. Valerie Khoo

      Thanks John. Under 10 emails is admirable. I get excited when I’m under 40!

  6. allconsuming

    I love this. My mind is a complete mess at the moment and some of these strategies may/will really help.

    1. Valerie Khoo

      It’s all about the Zen, Kimba!

  7. RachelsList

    Fantastic post Valerie. I try to do a similar home office purge on Sunday afternoons – tidy desk, clear inbox to as close to zero as I can, update to-do list with the week’s tasks. It’s the single best thing for hitting Monday calm instead of completely frazzled. Love some of your other ideas though; I really need to look at how many useless newsletters I subscribe to 🙂

    1. Valerie Khoo

      Yep I did a big newsletter purge on the weekend. Felt great!