Life Designed: Trends, Email Mastery, Investing Lessons & WFH Productivity

Global pandemic is not the only problem we have.

It's been another crazy month and things seem to get better and worse at the same time, depending on where you look at.

I'm happy to finally move into a new apartment with my wife and set up my home office.

Things are slowly getting back to normal in Lithuania and I'm looking forward to getting back to my fitness routine and meeting up with friends.

May was a busy and productive month, I spent a lot of growing Content Writing Jobs​ and it's going great so far. Edgaras (happy birthday!) joined as a co-founder and we launched on Product Hunt.

Recent events prove that the global pandemic is not the only problem we have. We're looking to support the #BlackLivesMatter​ cause and promote black writers, please send them my way. 🙏

Welcome to another edition of Life Designed, where I share resources, insights, and notes on lifestyle design, future of work, and creative fulfillment.

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How Creators Make A Living: Andrej Ilisin, Blogger, Website Flipper, Affiliate Marketer, and Proud Father

Meet Andrej Ilisin, an inspiring entrepreneur, blogger, and investor helping people create profitable online businesses. Here's how he went from sports betting to five-figure website flipping.

I Lost $50,000 in the Market. Here's What I Learned

Making money is hard. Investing that money is even harder. You can easily lose it all if you don't know what you're doing. In this piece, Calvin shares some valuable lessons and investing strategies that may help you shape your strategy.

After growing up with a single mom who earned $12,000 a year, I dedicated the first 25 years of my life to securing a stable financial future. I pursued an Ivy League education, studied personal finance, and nuzzled my way into high-paying jobs.

How to Get That Coffee Meeting You Can’t Get

I dislike networking, but I enjoy making new friends with interesting and curious people. What if there's a better way to meet someone? There is.

What they’re really saying is, “I won’t meet with you if I don’t know you.”

How To Write a Great Cold Email That Will Actually Get a Response

Cold email is underrated. You don't really need to know someone to start a business, build a startup, or interview someone. Auren Hoffman shares his simple formula that works.

CEOs are remarkably accessible and easy to reach.

Tech Companies With Highest Job Demand Growth

A look at which tech companies have the most demand for jobs in 2020. Includes Google, Shopify, Apple, and more.

The Psychology of Design:101 Cognitive Biases & Principles That Affect Your UX

A complete list of cognitive biases and design principles. Tons of product examples, tips, and checklists to improve your user experience.​


​My friend Elena-Cristina recently launched Cookbook. It's a place to share recipes, instructions, tips, and connect with people who love food.

Books That Change Your Thinking: 15 Books on 15 Different Topics

Not every book is a life-changer but there are some that completely shatter your world view. My friend Chris shares some great reads here.

Imagine your beliefs form a house. Starting with your foundational beliefs, you build different rooms on top to accommodate your interests—a family room, a study or a lab, a kitchen and pantry, a gym, a prayer room, or whatever. Then you fine-tune your beliefs by furnishing, designing, and decorating those rooms as you see fit.

Guide to Staying Productive While Working From Home (Without Going Crazy!)

WFH (working from home) is hard. Here's a detailed guide showing you how to maximize your output without losing your mind.

The unexpected events of these last few weeks have initiated dramatic shifts in our way of life. Confined to our residences, our work and home lives have merged. Novel sources of stress and anxiety have been inserted into our day to day.


Meditation changed my life. While it may sound woo-woo or too simple to work, it doesn't cost you to try.

Practicing meditation can help reduce anxiety and stress as well as improve attention, sleep and general well-being.

Email Mastery

A growing list of case studies, breaking down everything you need to know about email marketing.


Monitor signals across the internet to identify and track new trends in your industry. If you're interested in the next-level trends spotting, I've been absolutely enjoying my Trends membership.

Food for Thought 🧠

“What an astonishing thing a book is. It's a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you're inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.” – Carl Sagan
“Knowledge is the compound interest of curiosity.” – James Clear
“A good listener is one who helps us overhear ourselves.” – Yahia Lababidi
“There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time has come.” – Victor Hugo
“Without data, you're just another person with an opinion.” – W. Edwards Deming
“Relax, no one else knows what they're doing either.” – Ricky Gervais
“History never repeats itself; man always does.” – Voltaire

Listening 🎧

Watching 🍿

Zazen is Good for Nothing​​

My rating: 8

This is a video explaining, how and why Zazen is good for nothing.​


My rating: 7

A workaholic architect finds a universal remote that allows him to fast-forward and rewind to different parts of his life. Complications arise when the remote starts to overrule his choices.​

Django Unchained​

My rating: 9

With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.​

Reading 📖

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