Grayson recommended this book to me because he thought I might be interested in Adam Savage of MythBusters’ recommendations on boosting and accommodating your creativity.

The book is a magnificent recitation of Savage’s career as a “maker,” including a stint making models for Industrial Light and Magic for the movie industry, which was probably my dream job through high school as well.  His advice on how to be a better maker, especially towards the end of the book, began giving intensely productive tips on how to manage your workshop, including the benefits of cleaning up after yourself at the end of each day so that you can start from a blank slate at the next session. There are other chapters analyzing subjects such as workshop organization and illustrating all the different types of a tool, all of which have an application they are best suited for.  He provides examples of this for objects as straightforward as glue and scissors, which really makes you stop and think about the characteristics of the tools you use, and whether there might really be a need to have different variants of a commonly used tool.

All in all, a great book, especially for kids or young people trying to figure out how to be better at maximizing their creativity and being productive with it.