Blog COVID-19

Five principles while working remotely during a crisis

  1. You are working at home, not from home, during a crisis.
  2. Your personal physical, mental and emotional health is a priority
  3. Do not try to compensate for lost productivity by working longer hours
  4. Be kind to yourself and do not judge how you are coping based on how you see others coping
  5. Be kind to others and do not judge how they are coping based on how you are coping

Slightly rephrased, originally from Parks Canada via Mark Richardson.


Hacking reading

Reading is a superpower. If you’re having trouble reading, Austin Kleon has a few suggestions. One I really like: Read to your kids or to somebody else’s kids.


For focus time, use focus blocks

Cameron Moll:

Focus blocks are an effective way to leverage flow at work. You can use focus blocks individually or within your team simply by blocking out times in your calendar—daily in small chunks such as an hour or a couple times a week in larger chunks two to three hours or longer. 

Intentionally blocking time for deep work is essential.

See also Shawn Blanc and team on timeblocking.

Blog Technology

Between touch and tap

M.G. Siegler on the new Magic Keyboard for the iPad Pro:

With the Magic Keyboard, I think Apple has found a nice new, if not quite middle, ground between the worlds of touch and tap. With each passing day, I feel like I’m gaining some special skills using different combinations of trackpad + touch + keyboard (with Pencil mixed in here and there).


Physical distancing + distant socializing

What we need to flatten the curve is physical distancing. What we need for our mental health is distant socializing. Stanford psychologist Jamil Zaki explains:

We should think of this time as “physical distancing” to emphasize that we can remain socially connected even while being apart. In fact, I encourage all of us to practice “distant socializing.” Ironically, the same technologies we often blame for tearing apart our social fabric might be our best chance, now, of keeping it together. […]

FaceTime, Zoom and other tools like these are our friends right now. We know to use these tools for meetings and teaching but why stop there? In my opinion, we should also use them for much less formal interactions – digital “hanging out.” When we meet in person, we don’t expect every minute to be productive or scintillating. We kibitz, dawdle and goof off, and those “in-between moments” are vital to a sense of connection. Find ways to replicate them online.