When the day’s list is done, do not go back to the master list. The rewards of productivity must not be a bottomless well of work.
A person can only have so much expertise, but if you can sell your ignorance and ability to root out answers, you’ll be employable forever, understood frequently, and relatable always.
In light of all our focus on “progress,” it’s easy to forget that you can turn around from traveling in a wrong direction, and return to the place where things last felt right—whether that’s for something as trivial as what I’m trying to do with my goofy website, or as monumental as restructuring your identity, ambition, and emotional furnishings to match the last time you felt like yourself. You can go back. Sometimes that’s progress.
The past week has provided a few notable redesigns of popular web services, including Squarespace and MailChimp. It’s interesting to note the visual similarities in how they have chosen to present themselves: photographed tableaus with props around laptops, tablets, and phones.
Both feature a cup of artisanal coffee on a dark wood counter, next to an iPhone 4 displaying the app in question. How to choose between them?
We forget that doing the work makes us better, and being better makes us dislike the work that made us that way.
Judging only by the books on the list that I’ve actually read and heard about, excellent suggestions all around. I need to do this.
Do things the long, hard, stupid way – Frank Chimero. Finally got around to watching @fchimero’s talk on struggle, creativity, gifts. Worthwhile, as usual.
The less frequently we use something, the stronger the argument for valuing access over ownership.