What I’m Doing Now
Last Updated – 2020年05月25日
I’ve been in isolation/quarantine in London since March 9.
I’ve stopped doing freelance work and devote all my time to writing and artistic practice.
I make things you can buy on my online store.
I also use social media, especially Twitter, to draw attention to those how those ideas intersect with trends in the world.
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. Continuing to stay fit with online classes from Erika Bloom Pilates in New York.
It’s also been a season of learning. I’m doing Building A Second Brain (again), the Notion Mastery course, and my first two courses on Coursera, The Science of Well-Being from Yale University, and What Is Social? from Northwestern University.
I choose a theme each year to set the tone for where I’d like to navigate towards. My yearly theme for 2020 is momentum.
For April to June 2020 my season theme is “move the notes” as I use the time in quarantine to develop new note-taking and personal knowledge management workflows to help maintain my creative momentum in this difficult time.
I write every morning for around two hours. I do this 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. Some of it into occasional creative projects like my zine.
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. Right now I use Twitter to explain the way my ideas interact with cultural trends, GoodReads to share what I’ve been reading, and Instagram to explain why I make photos and what captures my visual imagination, and Instagram stories to document my daily creative interests.
I only do email on Mondays and Fridays.
No activity is more central to my creative journey or personal identity than music. I still play guitar every day.
I spend around 20 days a year on the snow and am fortunate to have a small retreat in the Japanese Alps.
I’m not getting any younger and functional mobility is increasingly an important focus. This includes weekly pilates, 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, & 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!