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Two Tools You Can Use To Be More Productive

Two Tools You Can Use To Be More Productive

A Piece of Positivity (APOP) Studios has teamed up with Side Arts to offer creative consulting services which includes creative, strategic and experiential coaching. This article is part of an introductory series on creative growth. Follow along at

Productivity is activity that positively influences the trajectory of your life whether at home, at work and with personal projects. With many conversations surrounding the age old “Why don’t I ever get anything done?” or “How the hell did I even get here [without achieving what I set out to achieve]?”, I decided it was time to give you two tools you can use to be more productive.

5 Second Rule

The first tool was developed by Mel Robbins – the ‘5 Second Rule’. This rule helps you launch into whatever task you need to get done and prevent procrastination. The idea is to count backwards from 5 and move yourself physically towards achieving the task. For example, if you’re struggling to get out of bed, count down from 5 to 1 and physically get yourself out of bed. Or, if you remember something that needs to be done, count down from 5 to 1 and write that task down on your to-do list. The ‘5 Second Rule’ is about helping you make that first move towards being more productive. It creates that forward momentum for yourself.

The Tomato Timer

‘The Tomato Timer’ is another great tool to help you be your most productive self. Traditionally, this tool is about setting a 20 minute timer where zero distractions are allowed. Yep, this means no phone, no Facebook, no cat videos; this means no distractions until you’ve completed the task at hand or the timer has hit 20 minutes. At the end of the 20 minutes you get a 5 minute break to do whatever you want or need to do and then you go back to 20 minutes of focused work.

I would like to suggest for you to get a little more creative with your tomato timer. For example, I had a really long spreadsheet to update – something like 300 rows! So I made an internal agreement with myself. Do 20 lines at a time and take a short break to look at my phone, 20 lines, short break, 20 lines, SHORT break….you get the idea.

For those of you who have lunch breaks, the tomato timer is perfect for you. One day I dedicated 40 minutes of my lunch break to my own personal tasks. The agreement that I created with myself was that if I completed these 40 minutes, I get to take a 20 minute walk. The tomato timer helps you manage your time because you know you need to complete something within the time allocated. The breaks give you space to fill your time with a sense of reward for your focus. There are even Tomato Timer Apps out there that you can use to assist you! This tool is really helpful during afternoon sluggishness where you end up mindlessly scrolling through Facebook (or mindlessly clicking through windows).

Next Step

If you feel like procrastination is getting the worst of you or you’re slacking at work or on your passion projects, sign up for a complimentary strategy session with me HERE to create a solid action plan you can step into. Become your most productive and inspired self.

Carlee Myers HeadshotCarlee is an expert at helping people use art and creativity in order to find their passion again. As a firm believer in creativity, Carlee helps people find their purpose in life through a combination of coaching, creative expression and experiential activities.


How To Find Work That Fills Your Wallet AND Your Soul

How To Find Work That Fills Your Wallet AND Your Soul

Feeling Salty WorkshopA Piece of Positivity Studios has teamed up with Side Arts to offer creative consulting services which includes creative, strategic, and experiential coaching. This webinar is part of an introductory series on creative growth.


My good friend and colleague, Carlee Myers, from A Piece of Positivity Studios told me about a great opportunity she is offering and I wanted to make sure you knew about it. On June 19th at 12:30PM ET, Carlee is offering a free online training on How To Find Work That Fills Your Wallet AND Your Soul.

Carlee has improved and influenced HUNDREDS of lives in the United States through a combination of coaching, creative expression and experiential activities. A firm believer in creativity, Carlee helps people who are no longer happy in their job or life find their joy again.

Recently, she had a client who was feeling pretty undervalued in his corporate job when they first met. Since they began working together, he has been able to make the changes he needed to be the best version of himself and now is about to accept a job that is in alignment with his truest creative talents and interests (this is just one success story of many!).

That is why she has created this free online training for you:

How To Find Work That Fills Your Wallet AND Your Soul

During this interactive webinar, explore:

  • The three simple steps you can take to find or build a career you love (yes, even in the arts).
  • What you truly want and need to step into the life you spend your dreary workday dreaming about
  • Powerful ways to disrupt the cycle of putting your passions and dreams last on your list
  • How to discover and attain an amazing career that will bring you genuine pride and excitement everyday (Yes, EVERY DAY)
  • Creative processes that can get you on the path to your authentic self by helping you understand what it is that you really want out of life.

How To Find Work That Fills Your Wallet AND Your Soul

Carlee loves sharing her secrets to personal and professional fulfillment. However, she does not do these free online trainings often so make sure you sign up here today.

DO NOT miss your opportunity to learn from a true expert! If you have been feeling depressed or disillusioned with your career, Carlee is the perfect person to help you get your mojo back.

Grab your spot and mark your calendar for June 19th at 12:30PM ET.

You are only a click away from landing a career you love.


Todd and the Side Arts Team


Success Story Catalyzed By A Feeling Salty Workshop

Feeling Salty WorkshopA Piece of Positivity (APOP) Studios has teamed up with Side Arts to offer creative consulting services which includes creative, strategic and experiential coaching. This article is part of an introductory series on creative growth. Follow along at

Life as an artist can often feel like an uphill battle. There are dozens of adversities that can attempt to derail and distract you from your passion. We here in the Side Arts community know how vital it can be to find support in your artistic journey. Professional, mental and emotional support are integral to succeeding as an artist. Carlee Myers of A Piece of Positivity Studios recently sat down to speak to a fellow artist and friend on how an APOP Studios workshop provided her the space she needed to find a sense of artistic direction. Through creative personal development, she found a way out of a state of stagnancy and into a fulfilling career in art.


Back in October 2017 Naomi Fesseha, a friend of mine who I went to college with, bumped into one another at an event at Moore College of Art & Design. At the event Naomi put her arm around me and proclaimed “I need to do something!” I happened to be running a Feeling Salty workshop the next day so I insisted that Naomi get her butt there! And of course, she did. Feeling Salty workshops provide the space for you to figure out what you want and have fun doing it.

Prior to the Feeling Salty workshop Naomi was in a space of having to let go of some of her pride. She was at a point of feeling stagnant in what she wanted to do. Naomi shared that she has a lot of ideas but finds it difficult to sometimes separate those ideas and focus in order to take the steps towards making her ideas a reality. One of her ideas was to move out of Philadelphia and out of Pennsylvania altogether.

“I was at my wits end with myself…it was time to reach out…” – Naomi.

Naomi needed a new approach so the timing of us meeting was indeed synchronistic. Initially, during the workshop she felt a sense of embarrassment in having to admit that she was ‘feeling salty’ – a term used to describe someone feeling angry, upset, lost or out of place.

“The experience was very therapeutic…we got to communicate in a very vulnerable way. Carlee gave a lot of guidance and direction in navigating that vulnerability. You’re in a space with strangers therefore forfeiting control and releasing that” –Naomi.

Through a process of positive affirmations and ‘playing with salt’ so to speak, Naomi felt like something was lifted from her and that she walked out of the Feeling Salty workshop feeling a sense of direction.

I had too many things on my mind…I was cluttered. I felt like I walked out with one thing to focus on, which was really important. I came out with an actual step.” – Naomi.

Naomi kept following her step in order to avoid punishment for not following it! In workshops I sometimes get people to sign contracts with themselves and an accountability partner. In the contract, some actions deserve rewards if you fulfill them and other actions (or lack thereof) yield a punishment (the kind that suggests you’re getting on the island and burning the boat, the life vest, the bridge and any other vehicle that will let you sink back into your old ways).

“My contract was to dedicate 2 hours a day to apply for jobs in a place where I wanted to be. So from 2pm-4pm every day, no matter where I was, my fingers needed to be typing. My accountability partner was a full-blown adult! If I did not adhere to my contract, I would have to spend all of my savings on Make America Great Again – which is NOT fly at all! ” – Naomi.

In addition to her self-imposed, bridge-burning punishment, Naomi would not have to use her entire savings on these shirts but also have to punt and ‘sell’ Make America Great Again. …her worst political nightmare. In accordance with her contract, Naomi regularly sent her completed resumes to job opportunities, CC’ing her accountability partner on each and every email.

“It’s different when you have somebody watching you…” – Naomi.

Three weeks after Naomi continuously applied for jobs, she heard back from one and got the job in LA! Once she got the job, she continued with the same discipline, developed during the application process, to look for a places to live as well continue to applying for bigger and better jobs.

Now Naomi has healthcare, does yoga, is meeting new people and is really enjoying her new work…in her desired field, the arts!

“Know where you can afford to learn about new ways of learning about yourself”- Naomi.

Keep a lookout for the next Feeling Salty workshop to figure out what might be your next step towards living your best life and adulting like a pro!

Success Story Feeling Salty WorkshopCarlee is an expert at helping people use art and creativity in order to find their passion again. As a firm believer in creativity, Carlee helps people find their purpose in life through a combination of coaching, creative expression and experiential activities.


Netted Clear Quartz Egg With Apatite Pendant

Hand-carved clear quartz crystal egg is gracefully cradled in a sterling silver net. Deep blue apatite gems dangle and drip from the bail. Measures (from bail) 1 1/2 inches long and 3/4 at widest area.

By Amy Cousin. $225.

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Netted Clear Quartz Egg With Apatite Pendant



Mixed Media, Abstract, 10″ x 10″ x ~1″. By Debbie McCarthy. $100.

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Natural Memory Spiritual Traveling

_jpgThe Exhibit is named by a very famous Chinese artist, writer and painter, Mr. Pingxiang Deng.This exhibit that is scheduled for February 2014 at Da Vinci Art Alliance is a two person exhibit. I am honored that the world famous painter Mr. Dexiang Qian, Professor of Painting, Director of Oil Painting Section at Department of the Fine Arts Academy, Hunan Normal University, Changsha Hunan, China, offered me to have an exhibit with him. In his fabulous traditional oil paintings, Dexiang will paint Philadelphia images with his native China in his heart. My paintings will make connection between three cities that have influenced my life, my birth city Šibenik, Croatia, my home city of Sarajevo, Bosnia and my adopted city of Philadelphia, USA. I will keep you posted with moments related to this big exhibit. See you all on opening reception on:

Saturday, February 1st, 2014 at Da Vinci Art Alliance,
704 Catherine Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19147
6pm-10 pm


Wanted!!! More Philly Street Art

Street Sculpture 10-7-13


Site Updates – August 2013


Side Arts community,

A few changes have been made to the site in anticipation of launching the new Side Arts.

  • Expired calls for artists have been removed.  Only current listings are shown.
  • Unused art categories and call for artist categories have been removed.
  • All city sites and members have been merged into the Philly site in anticipation of launching the national site.

The Side Arts site will be launched soon. In order to focus on the development of the new site, some fixes and technical support on the old site will be suspended.

What will be new?

  • A focus on the call for artists listing service rather then a blog site.
  • A single, mobile ready site rather then multiple city sites.
  • Improved email alerts, call for artists search features, and communication.

Thank you for your ongoing support.


Warehouse Installation



Warehouse Install 6 26 13 #1


The Nostalgia of the Infinite: New Works by Lauren Rinaldi at Dhyana Yoga Old City.

Dhyana Yoga Old City will be hosting a First Friday opening on August 2nd showcasing new works by Philadelphia artist, yoga teacher and DY community member Lauren Rinaldi. Please join us from 6 to 9PM for a beautiful evening of art and refreshments!

Lauren Rinaldi, Untitled, oil on canvas, 12"x12".

Untitled, oil on canvas, 12″x12″.

In this exhibition, Lauren presents a series of paintings that focus on telling intricate and personal stories featuring unexpected juxtapositions and contradictory conditions of dreams and reality. She draws inspiration from children’s books, old Hollywood, art history, meditation, memories, badly written paranormal romance novels and asana. The visual language she uses tends to be passively confrontational, intimate and seductive, yet repugnant in its portrayal.

**A portion of all sales of artwork will be donated to CHOP, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, through the Dhyana Yoga Seva Center

For more information about the artist, please visit her Facebook page, website or contact her via email at

For more information about Dhyana Yoga and the DY Seva Center, their newest studio which donates it’s proceeds to charity, please visit their website

Dhyana Yoga Old City
68 N 2nd Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106
Friday August 2nd from 6-9 PM