Bundle packages can be great (10 courses for the price of one!) but I now believe that sometimes it’s better to just buy the individual item you want. Bundles can feel overwhelming, looking at all those resources, and lead to a feeling that you have to/ought to go through more.

You could use some eyerollers

This year I’ve seen some writers and podcasters whom I like and have followed for a while make some (interesting/bad/not-for-me) decisions. Today I saw one example and thought this person needs more of what Austin Kleon calls “eyerollers”: a person who will tell great people they are being dumb.

One example I’ve seen is people taking themselves too seriously. They’ve reached a level of success and now every new thing they are doing is a HUGE deal.

Another is employing the tactics that everyone else is using (when they achieved their initial success because they didn’t use those same tactics).

Both of these types of people (and myself) could use some eyerollers in their lives. (But hey, if you roll your eye, you’re just a hater).

The Best Tool, Is the One You Want To Use More (Most of the Time)

I think it was Valerie Jardin who twisted the classic saying to > the best camera is the one you take more pictures with.

While this can certainly be “the one you have with you” (including a smart phone) it may also be a big bulky, dedicated camera if it encourages you to take more photos than your phone.

I believe this is a good rule of thumb for most tools. We want tools that make us use them more. With apps for sketchnoting, some people find the powerful procreate encourages them to sketch more. Other people find the most limited paper by wetransfer gives them the creative constraints they need to draw without thinking too much. (And some people use pen and paper).

The exceptions

There are, however, exceptions to this rule. Occasions when I want to do something less often or spend less time on an activity. I like this idea, but don’t often stick to it. Take email for example. I want to spend less time in my app and check it less often. I usually remove it from my phone to help deal with that (and then reinstall when I need to access some emails, and typically forget to uninstall for a month or two). In this situation, I want to use “the best” tool as it’s such a horrible experience. But perhaps that just encourages me to use it more. Maybe if I used an application I liked less, I’d develop better habits.

Curating friction

Basically, this is another attempt to curate friction, but in a different form. I’m still experimenting and attempting to use some worse/default apps/tools for tasks which I want to avoid doing. I’ll report back.

Do you do anything similar?

“Well, at least Brexit can’t get any crazier.” Me every week or two…I’m always proven wrong.

Trying some new drawing techniques in Procreate. Think I’m finally starting to get how to airbrush.

“Often kids find more joy in playing with old pots and pans than with the latest space set.”
- Richard Foster — Celebration of Disciple

My daughter certain confirms to this statement. She has some fancy electronic toys that’s she doesn’t care for, but give her some bottle tops and she’s happy as Larry.

My daughter turned one last week. We don’t share photos of her online (I want it to be her choice not mine) but I feel this sketch is okay to share. BTW this is a total cheat. I started with a photo for the outline.

Just because “everyone does it” doesn’t mean it’s right for you or your company. I see these statements about marketing all the time. It’s a classic “Well, it’s just a common marketing practice” as thought that makes it right.

I had been hoping to post more from @Ukulele but - It’s been harder to record audio than I had hoped - even doing minor edits has taken me more time to get used to doing (I believe it is easy) - we’re currently in the UK and have been traveling and seeing friends (and I’m sans ukulele)

Hopefully, these issue will iron out in the future and I’ll be able to share more.