This is an interview I did with Jocelyn K. Glei, who was the founding editor of 99u. She now works for herself as a writer and podcaster. Her book, Unsubscribe, is a brilliant piece on managing email and tasks better. And her podcast, Hurry Slowly, is one of my favorite shows.
The following is a conversation I have already recorded with Jocelyn, and we wanted to put it in here with All the Things because the content and topics we cover during our talk were so relevant to the very same themes in All the Things, Pro.
In this conversation, Jocelyn and I talk about how distraction is the enemy of creativity. Jocelyn shares her story of becoming a full-time writer and author, her day-to-day structure for doing creative work, and how to overcome distractions.
Highlights, Takeaways, and Quick Wins
“Value emerges as the product of focused work.”
Daily routines help you stay distraction free.
Batch processing email is the first step toward a day that isn’t overrun by the incoming and the urgent.
Celebrating your daily, small wins is critical for maintaining momentum over the long run.
You need feedback loops and accountability with your goals
If you’re feeling like you’re not making meaningful progress in the day, you need a “Stop Doing” list. What are the things you’re not going to do?