Friday, September 9, 2022

Featured Productivity Tool: Break the Rules

What does breaking the rules have to do with writing and productivity? Everything!

Thinking out of the box - and getting creative with your ideas, solutions, etc. - gets you inspired. Inspiration leads to motivation which results in productivity! 
In August, I invited John Chen of Engaging Virtual Meetings, Jennie Mustafa-Julock aka Coach Jennie, and Deanna Seymour, host of the “Eff That: Breaking the Rules of Online Business Podcast,” to talk about breaking the rules on #GoalChatLive. 

John believes that when you break stuff, you learn more than everyone else. "A lot of the time the world breaks you; there’s something empowering about choosing to break."
Jennie suggests breaking the mold of being around like-minded people. "It’s better to be around diverse-minded people." 

Deanna says breaking the rules is all about innovation. 

Watch our conversation: 

Goals for Breaking the Rules

  • Jennie: Don't wait for things to be perfect. Do the things!
  • Deanna: Be brave. Ask for something every day this week
  • John: Give something away. Share your gifts and talents

Final Thoughts 

If you think about it, writing is not just about breaking the rules, it's about creating your own rules: worlds, processes, characters - and then sharing them with the world.

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For more inspiration and motivation, follow @TheDEBMethod on Twitter, Facebook, and Linkedin! 

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How do you break the rules? Please share in the comments. 

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Debra Eckerling is the award-winning author of Your Goal Guide: A Roadmap for Setting, Planning and Achieving Your Goals and founder of the D*E*B METHOD, which is her system for goal-setting simplified. A goal-strategist, corporate consultant, and project catalyst, Debra offers personal and professional planning, event strategy, and team building for individuals, businesses, and teams. She is also the author of Write On Blogging and Purple Pencil Adventures; founder of Write On Online; host of the #GoalChat Twitter Chat, #GoalChatLive on Facebook and LinkedIn, and The DEB Show podcast. She speaks on the subjects of writing, networking, goal-setting, and social media.


deborah lyn said...

Thanks for this helpful and inspiring post, Debra!
Encourage yourself to think outside the box, to dare to be different, find what fits for you and give it to others. Wonderful creativity boost. Thanks again

Debra Eckerling said...

Thanks for your comment, Deborah! A creative boost was the intention! :) Deb

Karen Cioffi said...

Debra, what a helpful post on breaking-the-rules in a way that will help us as writers. One of my favorite philosophies is nothing ventured, nothing gained. Thanks for sharing.

Terry Whalin said...


Thank you for this article about breaking the rules. As writers we can use our creativity to push the boundaries and innovate with our current practices. I believe what King Solomon said there is nothing new under the sun--but there are ways we can twist thonse ideas to look fresh.

author of Book Proposals That $ell, 21 Secrets To Speed Your Success (Revised Edition)

Debra Eckerling said...

Great philosophy, Karen! So true! Thanks for sharing, Deb

Debra Eckerling said...

Absolutely, Terry! There is nothing new, but we all bring our personal and professional experience to every situation, writing and otherwise. Have fun, experiment, and you never know what you can create! - Deb

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