5 Easy Ways to Get Productive NOW (Hint: You Don’t Have to Exercise)

Five easy ways to keep blogs, email, and social media from controlling your life from 13 Elm Streets.

I, Sierra Elmore, am a master procrastinator. I give myself a seemingly easy and fun schedule every day with plenty of breaks, an hour to fully “wake up”, and ample time to play around on my laptop.

And guess what? I hardly ever finish the schedule as planned. I get distracted by whatever book I’m devouring at the moment, blogs, and social media. Honestly, if I had any self-discipline and didn’t need them for business, I would delete my Pinterest and Facebook accounts immediately.
But I don’t have self-discipline. I have tried and worked, toiled and tottered, but I can’t seem to get my butt to my desk and WORK half the time. Although things get done eventually, and usually at the last minute, I always end up feeling majorly stressed out.

I’m going to try to stop that.

I know that I’m not the only one. Here’s how to stop procrastination in its tracks and get to work.

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Behind the Scenes of My Business Blog Tag!

Question 1: What’s your two to three sentence bio? (You know, what the heck do you do?)

Sierra Elmore is a graphic designer, high school student, and entrepreneur. She owns 13 Elm Streets, a graphic design studio, shop, and blog. She designs quirky yet professional PDFs, social media graphics, and branding elements for creative entrepreneurs.

Question 2: What’s your favorite part of your job?

When a graphic design client says I’ve taken their thoughts and translated them into a stunning design.

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17 Creative Business Lessons I Learned by 17

When I was eight years old, I declared that I would be a millionaire by the time I turned seventeen. For a while, I thought that I would be. I owned a handmade bookmark business in elementary school, created an online magazine in 9th grade, and in March, during my junior year of high school, started 13 Elm Streets.

Still not a millionaire. But that’s okay because I’ve learned a wealth of information over my approximately ten years of entrepreneurship that’ll get me there someday…maybe ;)

So without further ado, here are seventeen things that I learned about running a creative business by the time I turned seventeen today!

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The Creatively 17 Blog Tour Has Arrived!

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Tomorrow marks the beginning of three awesome events: my seventeenth birthday, the “official” debut of the 13 Elm Streets blog, and the debut of my Creatively 17: Elevating Your Creative Business blog tour! That’s right, seventeen days of insights about creative business, written by people who want to see your business rise to the top.

Here are the posts so far:

SEPTEMBER 13 // 13 Elm Streets // 17 Creative Business Lessons I Learned by 17

SEPTEMBER 14 // BlackGirlHealth.com // How to Deal with Stress on the Job

SEPTEMBER 16 // Kamila Gornia // How to be More Creative in Your Business

SEPTEMBER 17 // Shannon Trindade // 7 (Healthy) Ways to Boost Your Creativity

SEPTEMBER 22 // The Sizzle System // The Creative Entrepreneur: Don’t Be Sabotaged by Your Own Creative Genius!

SEPTEMBER 23 // The Small Business Whisperer // Harnessing Creative Energy to Build Your Business

SEPTEMBER 24 // Vidaluxe Studio // Project Management with Trello

It all kicks off here tomorrow, with the first article! See you at 9am. And be sure to check each blog from September 13-29 – your business will thank me later.