When you’re working for yourself, the hardest part isn’t doing the work; the hardest part is juggling all the little things surrounding it. In this post, I’ll share how I compartmentalize, juggle, and manage all the different types of tasks I do as a one-person operation.Read More
How dissecting the anatomy of a creative project can help you bring it to life. Questions to ask yourself: What is essential to its existence as a self-sustaining thing? What does it need in order to go out into the world and connect with other people?Read More
When I first started doing creative projects, I would often get sucked into this corrosive cycle— grandiosity, inertia, guilt— and eventually become paralyzed. In this post, I write about how the paralysis happens, why it happens, and some strategies I've used to overcome it.Read More
When you’re driven and ambitious, the natural thing to do is to set really high standards, and be hard on yourself until you reach them. Growing up, I dreaded — then learned to love — unsmiling, disciplinarian Chinese or Russian-style teachers. The standard was perfection. Good work wasn’t to be rewarded, it was to be expected!
But since graduation, getting a 9-5 job, quitting my 9-5 job, starting a business, and growing into myself as a full-time creative, I’ve changed my mind about the way I frame hard work and expectations.Read More
On days when I’m feeling overwhelmed or derailed by unexpected events, I feel this incredible urge to vegetate. As in: chuck my to do lists out the window and just binge-watch Netflix and eat fruit snacks. Instead, I’ve learned to quiet the all-or-nothing voices in my head, and settle for a little less.Read More
One of my friends—Jonah, a data-scientist who loves Scandinavian design and probably maintains inbox zero with no effort— is also impeccably orderly in his domestic life. What impresses me the most? Right after he eats, he immediately does the dishes. No questions asked.
His process looks something like this:Read More