People who create for a living, and those of us working in the creative industries, make a vital and varied contribution to the health and well-being of society. However, until recently, little attention has been paid to the health and well-being of creatives themselves. That tide is starting to turn, happily, so here are some resources to help those of you who need some extra guidance in terms of your well-being.
Wellbeing and Creative Business
We at C+B believe that strong mental health can come from taking the reigns of the parts of your creative life that you can control, and becoming empowered by understanding more about how the creative business life works. Here are some articles and resources to help:
Running Away from Home: We’re huge advocates of working on your business rather than in your business. This article shares tips on taking yourself away for a Business Retreat – see more in the downloads below.
Map Making for Beginners: Once you’ve established your goals, how do you find the time to meet them? Here are some simple tips and tricks.
Indecision = Cost Benefit Analysis: If you have face a decision in your work and you’re not sure what to do, a cost-benefit analysis can be surprisingly helpful.
Procrastination? I’ll Do That Later: Procrastination is the act of putting off tasks or activities that you should be focusing on now, which can stress out out, even though we’re the ones doing it!
Unicorns VS Workhorses: One of our favourites. How to make time, and understand the important of, your ‘unicorn’ work and your ‘workhorse’ work.
The Monday Morning Meeting: One of the most effective time management tips we have – the MMM can hep you get organised and save your sanity.
Imposter Syndrome: Impostor syndrome is a psychological phenomenon in which people are unable to internalise their accomplishments.
Quitting Time: Sometimes it’s important to hang in here – and sometimes it’s OK to quit.
What Clients Want: Knowing what, when and how your clients think and feel can reduce stress!
Time to SOP: If your business is growing faster than you can cope with, a simple Process Manual can make all the difference.
The Passing of the Light: It’s so important to find a mentor to help you navigate your way through the creative industries. Here Monica shares thoughts about one of her own.
Leap Into Freelancing: When is the best time to become a freelancer? And how can you know when to leap? This article, reproduced here from The Age, gives you some necessary pointers.
As part of our Advisory Service we offer downloads to clients that helps them develop their business. Below are some of our favourites for helping with well-being.
- C+B INFO SHEET – Evaluating Ideas
- C+B INFO SHEET – Finding a Mentor
- C+B INFO SHEET – Mission Statements
- C+B INFO SHEET – Procrastination
- C+B INFO SHEET – SWOT How To
- C+B WORKSHEET – Short Terms Goals
- C+B WORKSHEET – Business Retreat
Other Creative Industry Resources
Creative Victoria has convened a working group of industry leaders to explore ways to address sexual harassment, bullying and misconduct within the creative industries in Victoria. This website features resources to assist you to better understand these issues, and help your organisation to develop appropriate policies and procedures.
The Arts Wellbeing Collective is an Arts Centre Melbourne initiative, and comprises a consortium of Victorian arts and cultural organisations whose shared vision is to effect better mental health and wellbeing for performing arts workers. Videos, reports, guides, surveys – this website has the lot!
This upcoming documentary follows former Home & Away actor and debut documentary filmmaker Ben Steel on a soul-searching investigation into why are there so many entertainment workers developing and struggling with mental wellbeing issues, and how can we make improvements before the next life is lost.
Health and Wellbeing Resources
Wellbeing and Small Business
Heads Up: Downloadable resources, including ten things you can do to make your workplace mentally healthy.
Mental Health for Small Business: Tips from the NSW Small Business Commission.
Work/Life Balance and Stress Management: Smart ideas from Queensland Industry!
Stress Savvy in Business: How to manage your stress from Victorian industry.
Our Favourite Books
Time Management for Creative People, by Mark McGuinness
The Luck Factor, by Dr Richard Wiseman