Recorded on November 16th, 2018
Quitting Social Media
0:32 – 9:48
The benefits of removing certain stimuli from your life (permanently or temporarily) when you need to focus your attention on a big project.
- The through-line for today’s episode: the completion of a my new course Learn a New Language with Sketchnotes.
- The two apps that I deleted from my phone during the last-stage spring: Twitter and Instagram (I already didn’t have Facebook on my phone).
- The talk that helped me move in this direction: Quit Social Media by Cal Newport, who wrote the book Deep Work.
- The novel I’ve been reading in-between my work session: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green. Much more of a refreshing break than checking social media!
Let’s Get Cozy
9:48 – 15:30
On adding things to your physical environment to facilitate deep work, tackle a heavy workload, and balance out (and maybe even harness) the anxious energy associated with big projects and looming deadlines.
- The question at play here: What does it look like to design a physical space that helps to facilitate creative work?
Where’d That Space Come From?
15:30 – 26:22
How creating space for one big project allowed me to add some new (and unexpected) things to an ongoing project.
- Check out the current style of featured images on Verbal To Visual videos and blog posts!
- The specific video I was working on this week: How to Make the Most of Online Courses. Compare the subtitles in the video to the text of the blog post to see how I tried to improve the latter after transcribing the narration.
- The app I used to make sketchnote illustrations for those featured images: Procreate.
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