What I’m thinking about
This last week and a bit, here in Cambodia we’ve been dealing with another COVID community outbreak that has those privileged enough to work at home, staying and working from home much more than usual.
For my wife and I, we’re fortunate that it doesn’t impact our lives too much - but it’s fair to say that it’s been difficult to find motivation to do just about anything really. So we’re doing our best to embrace this, but also find routines and protocols to help navigate this blow to 2021. This is also part of the reason I’ve rebooted the newsletter to encourage me to keep going.
“Try your best to fill them in ways that get you a little closer to where you want to be. Go easy on yourself and take your time. Worry less about getting things done. Worry more about things worth doing. Worry less about being a great artist. Worry more about being a good human being who makes art. Worry less about making a mark. Worry more about leaving things better than you found them.” ― Austin Kleon, Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad
For others who may be struggling to find some motivation to stay productive, this mantra pinpointed how I deal with slumps both personally and professionally. I think no matter if you’re a creative professional or not, there’s merit in taking time each day to find a little time to focus on leaving things a little better than you found them.
As I’ve mentioned in other contexts, small positives each day help to create a compounding like effect that can really shift the momentum of your life in the right direction.
My favorite things this week
So here’s this weeks articles that I saved. I use an app called Instapaper to save, highlight and organize the articles I like.
This weeks playlist