#16: When introvert goes super social

I talked to 11 different people this week. Eleven! More than 1 individual human person per day on average. In my typical week, I spend most of my days bunkered up in a studio surrounded by whiteboards. Interaction with humans is banned. I have rules for that. I meet people, sure. But I must average something like 2,4 people per week, never 11. Human contact in double digits is a health hazard for an introvert....

November 8, 2021 · 2 min · Ondrej Markus
How to write books as a designer

#15: How to write books as a designer

Hey there, I’m still writing a book. #persistence Almost there… Writing a book as a designer Last week, I realized I can write this book the same way I design a product. (Thanks, Rob.) What does it mean? It means I’m not going to write this book in secret for 6 months, hoping it’s going to be good. No. Instead, I’m talking to people since day one to make sure I’m creating something useful....

November 1, 2021 · 3 min · Ondrej Markus

#14: Find work you enjoy, useful books, and the courage to create

Hey there, I’m writing a book. Well. It might be a book. It also might be a very long blog post. We’ll see. But it sounds cooler to say I’m writing a book, so I’m sticking with it. People understand what a book is. And it’s nice to feel recognized once in a while. Optimized for external recognition. So what’s the book about? How to make a living doing work you enjoy I want to help people find work they enjoy and make a financially sustainable living around it....

October 25, 2021 · 4 min · Ondrej Markus
Habits, The Mom test, and being useful

#13: Habits, The Mom test, and being useful

Hey there, this week was mostly about rebuilding good habits, teaching students how to talk to customers who lie to them, and writing about usefulness. Let’s get to it. How to build new habits The first week of starting a habit is the hardest for me because it’s not settled in my routine yet. Once it becomes automatic, it’s easy to keep doing it. The key to success in building habits is knowing exactly WHAT is supposed to happen, WHEN, and WHERE....

October 18, 2021 · 3 min · Ondrej Markus

#12: Bad weeks, systems, and the power of being lost

Hey there, I had a bad week. The symptoms were: Writing barely anything. Procrastinating a lot. Feeling lost in my projects. “In today’s episode of…” How It’s Made: Bad weeks Bad days happen often to me, but bad weeks don’t. That’s why I pay extra attention when they happen. A bad week is a signal that this isn’t just a mood swing. There is an underlying problem to be solved....

October 11, 2021 · 4 min · Ondrej Markus

#11: Rational artists, money, and articles as prototypes

Hey there, I’m sending this late. A full disclosure: Instead of finishing an article I really wanted to include here, I binged Squid Game on Sunday. So I edited it yesterday and published it today right before writing this. However, I set its publish date to yesterday, so it’s not the same as this reflection. Don’t tell the police. Nooo, not the time police! Okay. So what is the article I risk the time travel jail for?...

October 5, 2021 · 3 min · Ondrej Markus

#10: Find freedom, work on the right thing, and enjoy life

Hey there, it’s Monday again already? This week went by fast. Probably because I spend most of it alone and buried in work. That brings me to… Working on the wrong thing. Ups. The joke of this week is that almost immediately after I sent you my reflection last week, I realized I’m working on the wrong thing for the wrong reasons. Ups. I wrote a short essay on Twitter with the whole story....

September 27, 2021 · 6 min · Ondrej Markus

#9: Build a profitable side project, ignoring Twitter, and daily notes

Happy Publish Monday! I’m into my second week of doing weekly reflections. (If you missed the first one, it’s here.) Now, let’s get into it. Build a profitable side project in 4 weeks This week, I thought again about what I’m trying to help people accomplish. And, on Monday, I figured my work is the most useful to people like me – people who value freedom at work above all else....

September 20, 2021 · 6 min · Ondrej Markus

#8: Bleeding money, weekly emails, and becoming a solopreneur

Happy Publish Monday! First, I have an announcement: Until now, I’ve shared a reflection every month for the last 7 months. And I polished the shit out of them. Most have 2500+ words, 5 or more original illustrations, silly jokes, everything. But they took too long to finish, 3 to 5 days of writing and drawing. Plus I had to cut a lot of things to keep them relatively short....

September 13, 2021 · 7 min · Ondrej Markus
What the work happened #7

What the work happened #7

Design your work, storytelling resources, and the Twitter game

August 10, 2021 · 13 min · Ondrej Markus