03: 80/20, Figuring it out, French kissing snakes


Apr 12, 2020

Starting tomorrow, we’re being cut back to 4 days a week at work. It’s hard to generate revenue during a lockdown when your business model relies on getting 19,000 people together in one place. I’m fortunate this is only a 20% cut, for now.

I’m fortunate we’re both still able to work from home. I’m fortunate we’ve been able to design our life around being debt-free. We can make a few small changes to compensate for the reduced income. I know many others do not share this privilege.

We’re trying not to focus on how to deal with 80%, focusing instead on what to do with 20% more. More time for creative projects, like this newsletter. More time to stay fit. More time to help the kids with their remote schooling.

We’re starting to get a handle on this remote schooling/working schedule. Breakfast, work and school, lunch, some physical activity. Connect with friends. We’ve found that the kids start to get squirrelly around 2:00 PM, so we need a change of scenery. Get out of the house for a walk in the woods or down by the water. Dinner, favourite shows. Board games. We’re figuring it out.

I’m very fortunate to be quarantined with my favourite people.

Seven links

  1. Helpful: @annie shares 18 things to remember when your income disappears.

  2. “Master a useful craft, use this mastery to shape your working life in a way that’s both secure and satisfying, then look to build structures around your efforts that further amplify their meaning.” — Cal Newport

  3. Leo at Zen Habits says We’re All Monastics Now.

  4. “It’s quite amazing that the whole world has shut themselves inside to protect other people; I find that quite beautiful. It’s the feeling of service, and it’s looking after your neighbours and your clients and your friends.” — Jonny Long, via The Slowdown.

  5. Basecamp shows off some sweet home office desk porn, via CJ.

  6. @patrickrhone reminds us it’s ok to ask for help.

  7. “My snakes eat bats and then I use my snakes to practice French kissing, so it was inevitable, Liz Lemon!”