Life Designed: Writing Guide, Laser Mode, Maker Mind & Hope

You want it or not, things will keep changing without your consent. What should you do?

No masks. For a month or so.

But things change.

Starting tomorrow, everyone in Lithuania must wear a face mask and keep the distance while indoors.

We had some unrestricted time to enjoy the “normal” life and now is the time to get cautious again as the COVID19 cases increase.

It's a reminder of how quickly humans adapt while resisting any slightest change. It's uncomfortable to wear a face mask and keep the distance but we'll get used to it and it will become the new “normal” again.

The same goes for any lifestyle change.

It's terribly uncomfortable at the beginning, but then in no time, it becomes effortless. Reading, writing, fasting, exercising, and all the other activities you want to do daily may feel intimidating, but it won't be the same once you get started.

You can't control the uncontrollable, which is pretty much everything but your attitude and actions. Focus on the uncomfortable that will make your life a little bit more comfortable in these uncertain times (and it's always uncertain times).

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

Reads 📝

Protect Yourself Online with the Best Password Managers

What is the best password manager in 2020? Are password managers worth it all? Short answer is yes. You'll find out everything here.

The Ultimate Guide to Writing Online

David Perell, one of the most inspiring young figures in the writing world, claims that writing online is the fastest way to accelerate your career.

Shane Parrish on Twitter

Shane Parrish (a very smart guy) asks "What is the best article you read online this year?" You'll find some solid articles here.

“Laser Mode” on Your Mac

What we need is more space — to create, breathe, think. And to create space, in any area, you have to take things away, until there’s enough room.

Tools 🛠


Quick, high-impact video calls for a new era of work. I can't wait to try it out when it's available.

Codeless How

Badass video courses on automating your business. Automate marketing, sales, reports. DIY and code-free. Say goodbye to good ol’ endless development. Work smarter.

The Essential Guide to Airtable

Create, your way. Part spreadsheet, part database, and entirely flexible, teams use Airtable to organize their work, their way. Now is your turn to learn the tool taking Silicon Valley by storm.

Newsletters 📩

Serial Marketer Weekly

Serial Marketer Weekly is a newsletter covering topics that illustrate what’s happening at the cutting edge of marketing. In each edition, you can find news stories, technologies to try out, tips, event recommendations, and jobs.

Maker Mind

Maker Mind is your weekly dose of mindful productivity. Discover neuroscience-based strategies to cultivate your curiosity, maximise your productivity, and dare to create.

Book of the Week 📖

Everything Is F*cked by Mark Manson

We live in an interesting time. Materially, everything is the best it’s ever been - we are freer, healthier, and wealthier than any people in human history. Yet, somehow everything seems to be irreparably and horribly f*cked - the planet is warming, governments are failing, economies are collapsing, and everyone is perpetually offended on Twitter. At this moment in history, when we have access to technology, education, and communication our ancestors couldn’t even dream of, so many of us come back to an overriding feeling of hopelessness.

Food for Thought 🧠

“Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.” – Marcus Aurelius
“Designers have a dual duty; contractually to their clients and morally to the later users and recipients of their work.” – Hans Hger
“There is more to life than increasing its speed.” – Gandhi
“You teach people how to treat you by what you let them get away with.” – James Clear
“If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.” – Maya Angelou

Playlist 🎧

Watchlist 🍿

How to Pass The Pepper While Social Distancing

My rating: 10

Use this fool-proof method for completely safe, germ-free passing of condiments across the table.

Here to Start With NoCode Tools

My rating: 7.5

No-code tools are software development platforms that allow even non-technical employees to build and deploy their own applications, without needing to write a single line of code.

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