The end of the financial year, the start of winter, and a quiet time around these parts.
BTW… this month Aimee was busy trekking through Yosemite, and Lil was still focused on her new job, so it’s The Jess Show again!
|How I Work
|How to fit a side project in, on the side
Stranger Things (TV show)
The set design. The clothes. The music. The characters. The 80s. The monsters. The hair. The gags. There’s a lot to like about this show! And I thought the third season held up well.
🎧 Listening to
How I Work (podcast)
Work-life process hacking is my whole jam, so I’m surprised I hadn’t come across the How I Work podcast sooner. It’s filled with ideas about how to improve your work-life, through interviews with successful business-people about how they do things. I especially like the ‘My Favourite Tip’ episodes, such as the one with Dan Pink (5 mins) on how he structures his workday around anticipated energy levels, or the one with Tim Kendall (8 mins) on how to use your clothing as a communication tool.
Resilient Management (book)
- Develop expectations in collaboration with your team, and iterate on these over time.
- Make sure your team’s purpose or “north star” is clear, including its connection to the objectives of the wider company.
- Be aware that communication patterns, channels and style will likely need to change to suit the size of the company.
Down Dog (app)
My hairdresser recommended Down Dog to me, as she was using it for DIY morning yoga classes at home. I remembered it while on holiday recently, and turned my Airbnb into a makeshift yoga studio… it worked a treat! You can choose your instructor, skill level, how detailed you want the instructions to be, background music, and what muscle group to target (or avoid). The free trial let’s you give it a whirl before committing. Namaste 🧘🏽♀️
The Joy of Missing Out (JOMO) is an antidote for the feeling that you “might miss an opportunity or satisfying event“. Rather than fearing what you might’ve missed, enjoy what you gained in its place, be that headspace, saved pennies, a nap, or whatever is on Netflix. I still get caught up in FOMO, but trying to practice the flip in perspective when it happens.
How to fit a side project in, on the side
We’ve gone lean on our side project goals and requirements lately, letting other aspects of life take priority over this site for a while. This has been aided by open conversations each other about what we can or can’t do, and online systems that let us work on things at different times if we need to.