Motivation Monday #7: Design the Perfect Day
One Day at a Time
Since time is playing by new rules, so should productivity.
Take it one day at a time. A message from Lady Kia, Flatbush Avenue.
Creativity/Productivity Hack: Design the Perfect Day
The days are long, and the years are short. I’ve been trying to pay more attention to what makes a perfect (or terrible) day, and what makes certain days feel repeatedly like themselves: from Sunday scaries to Monday blahs, Hump Day, TGIFriday, etc.
In this video, Marie Poulin shares her template for designing the perfect day in Notion, including the shape and feel of her days.
She shared these fascinating insights from her weekly journals:
Days of the week
Tuesday is the most distracted day of the week.
Most notes + ideas are made on Wednesdays.
Thursday is the most effective day of the week (most days marked Flow and 5/5 Stars Effectiveness).
Wednesday is the least anxious day of the week.
Thursday is the most grateful day of the week (probably because we order Indian food every Thursday night... 19 times to be precise...).
Most knowledge is consumed on Thursdays + Fridays.
Friday is the most proud day of the week, as well as the most energized.
Saturday has the highest number course sales.
Sunday is the most chill day of the week.
👩🏻💻 I can’t wait to work in a truly open-plan office. This design from Futureforms design partners and couple Jason Kelly Johnson and Nataly Gattegno is breathtakingly gorgeous with its natural symmetries.
This rendering of the Crown Zellerbach Building in San Francisco shows Futureforms’ Supergalaxy concept, a windowless and wall-less live/work environment that might be the key to a post-pandemic workspace. (h/t @civicsignals)
Photo: Courtesy Futureforms. (SF Chronicle)
🚴🏻♀️ A Future Without Cars.
A beautifully designed piece of digital journalism, this NYT interactive op-ed cross-references historical photos with modern-day renderings of a car-less, people-friendlier city. I couldn’t believe how much Park Avenue used to be literally way more park than avenue.
Look at Park Avenue. When it was constructed in the early 20th century, it was true to its name — a large park ran down its center. Over the years, much of the park was converted to roads for cars. Now just a small median remains. A redesigned Park Avenue could reclaim its former glory, with a large pedestrian promenade winding down the commercial corridor.
In another piece of compelling digital journalism, ProPublica reviews 400 protest videos and breaks them down, frame by frame, to show police actions aggravating escalated confrontations.
From the Mixtape
🎧 Yogetsu Akasaka is a Japanese Zen Buddhist monk who creates music for meditations. The 37-year-old went viral in May, after posting his “Heart Sutra Live Looping Remix,” a video that’s relaxing like ASMR, and engrossing like a DJ set. With the loop machine, he layers sounds and chants all coming from one instrument — his voice. (Vice)
🏠 Window Swap : an addiction to the views through other people’s windows. Immersive, peaceful, gorgeous site (& sound) experience. 🧘🏻♀️
Aditi & Mark’s Window, Zushi, Japan
Comic of the Week
Where You’ll Find Me
👏🏽 Staycationing in these streets 😷
👋🏽 Happy summering, everybody!
—Sharon & Kia