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Notebook

This notebook is a public experiment in working with the garage door open and sharing my process. Inspired by others who have shared their own digital gardens, I’ve decided to starting posting some of my notes here. Although I already publish essays and a weekly newsletter, I believe there are benefits in sharing notes on ideas-in-progress, as well as sharing my process.


πŸ“š Bookshelf β€” Every year, I publish a post sharing the best books I read. Check out past posts from 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, and 2017.

✍🏽 Writing Guide β€”Β I share my writing process, inspirations, and inputs. I’ve been updating it consistently throughout my writing journey, so it’s pretty comprehensive at this stage. You might enjoy my notes on how to generate ideas, why writing is like peeling an onion, or my essays on the value of working in public and the burden of expectation.

πŸ€” Annual Review Template β€” I’ve been doing some version of a personal Annual Review for a few years. I decided to pull my own process together, with the aim of keeping it simple and gentle while still being reflective and useful.


Top of Mind

Writing a Book of Fables β€” Inspired by books like The Little Prince, my goal is to write whimsical tales that feed the soul, tug the heart and spark the mind.

Embracing My Inner Polymath β€” Navigating the path to embracing multiple pursuits in my career and creative projects.

Flip the Script β€” Rethinking how to measure success based on what’s meaningful to me, rather than platform-defined metrics.

Conditions for Creativity β€” How can we foster more creativity in our lives?

Alan Watts - Alan Watts' philosophy and ideas have had an incredible impact on my life, and in this note I share some of my favorite resources on his ideas.


FAQ

Where do you find ideas to write about?
How to Generate Ideas

How do you differentiate between blog articles and newsletter articles?
Blog vs Newsletter

How did you learn to notice your own feelings?
Listen to Yourself


I don’t have many regrets, but I wish I had started sharing my learnings a lot earlier in my career. Working in public has yielded incredibly positive returns for me. For starters, you get excellent feedback on your work, which allows you to improve it. But even without feedback, writing online drastically improves your thinking.

Even if you write entirely for yourself, it’s worth it.

P.S. If you’re curious, you can check out my note on how I built this website.