The Chaos Whisperer

Helping you tame the Chaos at Home & Work


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A New Site and Fresh Start

Are you a fan of The Chaos Whisperer? Have you worked with Rebecca Ahn, and found her help valuable to mastering and managing the chaos in your life or business?

Well here at The Chaos Whisperer, we have been re-examining our business model and brand, with the goal of giving it more clear and defined direction. And we’re happy to announce that we’ve finally found it!

The Productive ArtistIntroducing The Productive Artist! Yes, the team behind this new brand are ourselves “productive artists”. But so are you – or at least you can be!

The Productive Artist is the new home for all the great tips, tools and resources you found previously here at The Chaos Whisperer, or from any work you’ve done with Rebecca Ahn and The Chaos Whisperer team.

So go check out our new website at TheProductiveArtist.com, and start your journey towards becoming a more Productive Artist with us!

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Time To Take a Step Back

Due to the disappointing lack of feedback response to my last post, and my resulting inability to yet properly evaluate the usefulness of my weekly posts for my readership – or to even know whether I have a steady readership – I’ve decided to take a different approach. This subject still requires a great amount of review and analysis if I am going to continue devoting my time and demanding your time to this blog.

True I am still passionate about the subject matter, and I do still want to provide a way to help my fellow victims of life’s Chaos. But before I go any further, I must determine if this blog or these weekly posts are the best vehicle for providing such help and guidance.

So to that end, I’ve decided to take a step back and a short hiatus from my weekly posts. Rest assured this is not just an excuse to zone out on a vacation and ignore the subject altogether. Whenever I pause to take a set back from something, I always plan to use my time wisely and effectively – as is one of the core messages from the Chaos Whisperer.

So I will be spending my newly freed up time to evaluate this blog, analyze the responses, do some targeted outreach to my ideal audience, and brainstorm other avenues for making the impact I want to have on this subject.

And then hopefully in 2 months time, which is the exact duration I am granting myself for this back-step, I will be able to return to this blog with some solid answers.

Until then, thank you for your continued (or sporadic) attention — whichever it has been, I still appreciate it. And I hope you have found any kind of value in these entries and such content as I’ve been able to provide thus far. 

If you have any suggestions on ways I can improve the site, more effectively deliver advice, or better help creative folks like you in your Chaos management endeavors, please don’t hesitate to comment or write me.

Thank you so much and I bid you a temporary (2 month) adieu.


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How To Tell If You’re (I’m) Wasting Your Time

Feedback – that’s how!

I’m taking a momentary pause from my weekly blogging regimen to check in with my readers (that’s you) and determine whether this blog has been a waste of my time – or more importantly, a waste of YOUR time.

You see, I’m not really much of a writer, and I never had dreams of becoming any kind of pro blogger. Plus, it’s just a good idea, as you are barreling along on your journey, to stop and have a reality check with yourself every now and then. Ask yourself, is this the path I want to be on?

In order to figure this out for myself, I’d like to ask you the following:

  • Have you found this blog interesting and insightful?
  • Do you find these posts measurably useful in managing your day-to-day Chaos?
  • Is this the best method of delivery for the advice I have to share on the subject?
  • Do you have recommendations for better ways you’d prefer to consume and utilize what I have to share?
  • And above all, is this the best use of our time, yours and mine?

If you feel compelled to respond to any or all of these questions above, please feel free to comment below and let me know! I am happy to receive any kind of feedback on any particular point you wish to make.

I figure I’d like to evaluate this now, before I spend too much of my time and potentially waste too much of yours. I need to make sure this is indeed the best path for me to be on right now and the best way for me to share my passion for managing Chaos and channeling it into your creativity. Most importantly, I need to make sure what I’m doing with this blog is actually measurable and actionable for you, my readers.

So please do tell, has this blog been a waste of our time?


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The New and Improved Chaos Whisperer site!

Introducing the newly designed, focus-refined, Chaos Whisperer site!

As I promised in my last post, the new and improved Chaos Whisperer site now features simpler navigation and clearer Categories listed right at the top of the site, so you can more quickly find what you need to help manage the Chaos in your creative projects & endeavors.

You may have already heard me mention the following key Categories, which I’ve noticed are often the greatest areas of struggle for creative minds, and are where I feel I can best offer my help:

So naturally, it makes sense that each of these Categories be accessible at the top level navigation. Because no matter what type of creative work you engage in, you probably struggle with all of these. And hopefully the solutions and systems I offer in these sections will help you navigate your own Chaos with each of them.

So without further ado, please feel free to explore my new and improved site. You can access any of the above Categories by hovering your mouse over “Conquer Your Chaos” in the top menu. Whatever area gives you the most Chaos, click on over to that Category and see if The Chaos Whisperer can help you manage it.

And please let me know if you have any comments or suggestions for further improvement.

Happy Chaos Whispering!


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Design from Chaos

In my last post, I put out a call to action for all of you, to seize the day and take control of your own battle with your Chaos. And before that, I also posted about my original intentions in creating The Chaos Whisperer, and my current plans to reel in that focus on what I do best and what I most want to help others with.

So now I want to bring the two together and show you how I plan to simultaneously help you take on the challenge I presented to you, and better achieve my goals as The Chaos Whisperer.

The key is in this website – the vehicle through which I intend to equip you for your journey ahead. In order to be able to give you any direction, I’m going to need to give new direction to this site – because as I narrow in on what I can best offer you, I need to ensure this site also provides the best delivery of that offering to you.

So with that, I’ve decided to give The Chaos Whisperer a facelift – a new refined design for a new refined focus.

The design of your website really says a lot about you – what you are offering, what you are trying to achieve and what you believe in. So not only is it important for purely functional purposes, but it is also an essential part of strong marketing and branding of both yourself and your creations.

For example, I know that if I’m going to make a measurable impact in the creative work of others, I’m going to need to better market my offerings and The Chaos Whisperer brand — just as I am narrowing in the focus on what those offerings and that brand will be.

My goal is to offer you simpler site navigation and clearer post categories, to help you more quickly find what you need to help manage your creative Chaos. And through this new website, my ultimate goal is to then help you turn your creative ideas into action and implemented results.

So stay tuned for the new and improved Chaos Whisperer site coming in a week, with our next regularly scheduled Wednesday Whisper!

And in the meantime, please let me know below:

What do you think of this new refined focus, and what would you like to see on the newly designed website?


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Creativity = Chaos

“Chaos in the world brings uneasiness, but it also allows the opportunity for creativity and growth.” -Tom Barrett

As I’ve continued exploring this new path as The Chaos Whisperer, I’ve discovered something vital about both who I am and what it means to be The Chaos Whisperer.

It’s all about CREATIVITY.

I have always preferred working in fields related to the arts and creativity, but I’m not actually an artist myself. I’ve tried my hand at various creative pursuits within widely varying degrees of success. But the one thing that’s always been stable is my ability to navigate the logistical side of creative business.

You see, I am not a creator. I am an implementer. I’ve never been a big ideas person, I don’t frequently have that lightbulb moment, and my days aren’t filled with a regular influx of new concepts. But when an idea does reach me, and it’s fresh and original, I do know how to get it in motion. I am an implementer, a progress-maker, an organizer and achiever. I can take a big wild idea and break it down into its executable form.

That’s really why The Chaos Whisperer was born. Because with creativity comes its own kind of Chaos. You can’t have one without the other. And all those ridiculously creative people I so admire do often struggle with the more logistical elements of their work – the finances, the time management, the business development.

And that’s exactly what The Chaos Whisperer is here for – to help identify simple systems and tools that those wonderful creators can utilize right now to help better manage their creative workflow.

You don’t have to drastically change the way you do things. That’s not what I want. I want to help you find applicable solutions to the most common Chaos that comes with your creative pursuits, and help you integrate time-management techniques into your existing routine.

I’m not just going to give you motivational advice on being more productive. There are plenty of other sites that do that. The Chaos Whisperer is less about having more willpower, and more about having the right systems for your kind of creative work – navigating the clutter and mess you accumulate when you’re busy creating, and finding simple solutions that help you focus on the things that need your creative attention.

So if you feel like your creativity could use a little Chaos Whispering, then subscribe to this site and check back for more weekly words of wisdom.

I will also be giving this website a new facelift soon, to help you better navigate the chaos of content within the site. So stay tuned for that too!


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My Resolution #10: Free to Be Me

“I fear being like everyone I hate, I fear failure, I fear losing control. I love balancing between chaos and control with everything I do. I always have a fear of going one way or another, getting lost in something, or losing everything to get lost in. And I fear being a completely acceptable sheep in society.” -Marilyn Manson

I haven’t always been the biggest fan of Marilyn Manson’s music, and I wouldn’t say I relate to him much either, but I do connect with this quote. I think in some ways we all do. None of us wants to become something we hate, or don’t respect. None of us wants to feel like a failure. And certainly none of us like to feel out of control in our own lives.

It is about finding that balance between letting the Chaos run free and still feeling like you are in sufficient control. It’s important to give yourself room to do what you want to do and be who you want to be. That’s really why I became the Chaos Whisperer, because I’m passionate about this and want to help the world balance their Chaos with their sense of control and creativity.

A dear friend once told me that you first need deep structure in order to allow for deep Chaos. And I believe that’s true. If you can create deep structure that allows for such creative freedom, then I believe there’s no limit to what you can accomplish.

I strive to embody this in my life, which is why I’ve set my 10th and final resolution around this freedom to be me. To ensure that each of the Chaos-balancing systems I create still own my unique voice and celebrate, rather than suppress, the free spirit and authentic self that my Chaos gives me.

So as long as I can maintain a solid framework in which to let my Chaos explore and thrive, it will only help me in the things I want to accomplish – this year, and for the rest of my life. And I can only hope that what I put out there as The Chaos Whisperer also helps you to do the same.

Take my hand
Come with me
Where the children are free…

And you and me
Are free to be
You and me!