Q2 2022 Reflection

What the work happened: Q2 2022

A very personal reflection on my work-life from April to June 2022.

July 11, 2022 · 5 min · Ondrej Markus
Why don't I do what I say I want

Why don't I do what I say I want

A month ago, I switched from a writing-only lifestyle to a part-time design job. I joined an innovation agency where I worked a year ago to lead a project with a big corporate client. We agreed on four days a week because I wanted to keep one day for writing. I promised myself I will keep writing articles every week. Well. I did not publish anything since then. And I’m not happy about that....

June 7, 2022 · 8 min · Ondrej Markus
Q1 2022 Reflection

What the work happened: Q1 2022

A very personal reflection on my work-life from January to March 2022.

April 28, 2022 · 20 min · Ondrej Markus
How to turn bad days around

How to turn bad days around

I had a couple of bad days in a row. That didn’t happen to me for a while. So I was surprised. Because the less it happens, the easier it is to forget how quickly can one bad day turn into a crisis. So even though I had something else planned for today, I want to talk about this: How can we prevent bad days from snowballing into a disaster?...

March 3, 2022 · 4 min · Ondrej Markus
2021: The Courage to Try

2021: The Courage to Try

A very personal reflection on my work in 2021.

January 3, 2022 · 9 min · Ondrej Markus

#21: Output routine

Last week sucked. 3 reasons why: Right off the gate, I burned myself out on writing about my monthly review process. It was 3-4 times longer than my usual Monday post, taking over 8 hours of work. Not a good idea to push myself to finish 2k words in 1 day. Lesson learned. Then, I got re-stuck on writing the System guide. That never gets old. So, as a momentary run-away project, I worked on an article that I decided not to even finish because after 2 days of work I realized the idea is maybe strong enough for a tweet, but not an article....

December 13, 2021 · 7 min · Ondrej Markus
How I do my monthly review

#20: How I do my monthly review

Today, I’ll show you a monthly review of my productivity System. November was okay but not great, so it’s a good month to share. I will go through each part of my review process and explain what’s happening and why. The goal of my monthly reviews is to see my life and work from a higher perspective. I go through everything that happened and change what doesn’t work. I won’t explain every detail, but I will try to make things clear enough, so you can steal whatever you like and use it in your life....

December 6, 2021 · 9 min · Ondrej Markus
Big messy projects

#19: Big messy projects

I had a slow week. It happens when I’m pushing a big project over the finish line. Each step feels like it takes forever. I want to finish it faster because I started the project as a short article about how to design a system to organize your work and life while I was doing 20+ interviews for the book. Well, the article became a five-chapter guide. Still unfinished after a month of work....

November 29, 2021 · 4 min · Ondrej Markus

#18: Rage

Last week, I worked on an About page to make my blog less anonymous. And putting it together reminded me why I write. Today, I want to share that reminder with you. The Flower Thrower Five years ago, I was on a weekend trip to Amsterdam. I went to a gallery there for the first time in my life. (It was before I smoked anything that day. Just wanted to mention it because I know you’re thinking it....

November 22, 2021 · 3 min · Ondrej Markus

#17: Killing my Youtube habit

Last week, I realized I might have a problem. Too much Youtube. It always creeps up on me. I see it coming but do it anyway. Sure, why not… It starts with an innocent thought: “Hey, it’s a long time since I watched some gaming videos." So I do, and it’s fun. Then I think: “Hmm. It wouldn’t hurt to install the game and play a game or two....

November 15, 2021 · 3 min · Ondrej Markus