What I’m Doing Now
Last Updated – 2021年07月04日
After 69 weeks, two vaccination jabs, and an appropriate wait, my isolation in London has ended. Or, at least I thought it would, but with the government’s latest announcements, and the vast distance between them and what the WHO and leading epidemiologists and public health experts are advising, I’m not going to be changing the pattern of my life very much.
I’ve quit all freelance work and devote all my time to being a ThinkerMaker.
Creation In Quaratine
I’ve accepted CGP Grey’s quarantine mission – to return better than I left. So, I’ve been focussed on making these months of isolation a positive creative experience. I’m baking bread everyday. Laying the groundwork for new projects in 2021. Putting constructive, evidence-based thoughts out into the world through my blog and social media.
Writing every morning for around two hours, before any reading, before checking email or social media, and if possible, before talking to anybody. Much of this writing finds its way into blogposts on this site, which are my gift to my creative friends and everyone who is trying to give voice to their artistic dreams.
Finding deep solace during this pandemic by returning to my first creative love, playing guitar. Armed with a new Tascam Model 12 and a small stack of pedals I’m playing and recording music regularly.
The Digital Age is not turning out the way many of us had hoped and I’ve radically scaled back the time and effort I put into social media by embracing Digital Minimalism. Twitter helps me explain the way my ideas interact with cultural trends, Readwise allows me to collect and share highlights from my reading, and Instagram still has a small role in sharing moments from daily life.
Social Audio has become an important part of my social media commitment. I co-host weekly rooms on Clubhouse to discuss writing, music, and pop-culture. And I host Twitter spaces to discuss creativity, productivity, and tech.
Email only Mondays and Fridays. That said, email is still the best way to reach me because I don’t answer phone calls and typically ignore most DMs on social media.
Like any sane person I have notifications turned off on all my devices for anything other communications from my immediate family.
Functional mobility is an important focus as I start to feel the effects fo age. This includes weekly pilates (online classes from Erika Bloom Pilates in New York), a minimum of 10,000 steps a day, standing where possible, and daily stretching and rolling.
Food isn’t fuel, it’s fun, family and freedom. I home cook at least two of my meals everyday. I bake sourdough bread, make pickles, smoke salmon and bacon.
Father, Son & Lover
Family is a cornerstone of my life and I’m committed to vibrant, vivacious, and vulnerable relationships with the small number of people I hew close to in life.
Why Is This Page Here?
Inspired by Derek Sivers I created this page to make myself accountable for the most important projects in my life and by extension to make clear the things I won’t be doing, in order to have the time and focus for the important stuff!