In the Now

What is this?

It was about 3 years ago  I stumbled upon Derek Sivers’ blog where he talked about the importance of having what he calls a “now” page - a page on your website that showcases what you’re  focused on at a particular point in your life. It’s different from an about page because it’s focused on the now instead of past accomplishments. 

Starting in 2017 I took this newfound concept and started posting my very own “now” page. It started off as a blog where I’d post about what I was doing in that particular month - after all this was the sole purpose of a “now” page that Derek Sivers layed out. But then I quickly turned it into an experiment - where I’d write a long-form blog post about a certain topic, then (here’s the experimental part) after one month I would delete the article and create a brand new one for the next month. I’d like to think of it as a practice of impermanence, but others thought I was crazy. Bad for SEO...probably. Bad for my online presence...most likely. But it helped me become comfortable with posting long-form writing on the internet because I knew it would just be there for a month, then it would be taken down.

It’s now 2020 and my perspective on this “now” page has changed. First off I’m changing the title of this page to “In the Now” - a play on the phrase “in the know” and it also drives home the purpose of what this page is about: the current happenings of my life in the now. Secondly, Instead of deleting my blog posts every month, I’ll start saving them so readers can have access to them whenever. That two year long experiment of deleting blog posts was a failed attempt to get me to write without worrying about my content staying up for all to see. I’m now over that fear, thus I want to make sure my writings can be accessed by whoever and whenever for years to come.

Okay enough background.. Enjoy this month's in the now page!

The Importance of Play

September 2020: The importance of play. How does creativity play a role in my life and how it can for you.

The Importance of Play

This month I’ve decided to re-read the book Essentialism by Greg Mckeown. In his book, Mckeown lays the foundation of how to live a life of meaning and purpose - one that cuts out the unessential and instead focuses on the few essential activities. One of these essential activities is Play.

Some consider play as that kid in a playground or at a park running around. Sure this is definitely considered play time, but as adults we often seek out activities that will give us some extrinsic value later on, thus running around on a playground doesn’t seem to make sense.

However, what if we thought of play not as a mindless physical activity, but one of creative mind exercises. This month, I’ve decided to experiment with this very idea. Throughout my week, I've blocked off a 20 minute chunk each day on my calendar that's reserved strictly for creative play.

What does this look like ?

1. Right now, I’m interested in architecture and spatial design so I’m doodling and drawing for 20 minutes. I don’t care what the end result looks like - that’s not the point, I just doodle and sketch for the allotted amount of time. From the few experiments i’ve run, it’s become clear that this is helping me not only become a better fast drawer, but also keeps my mind from wandering.

2. If you’re not an artist or don’t feel like drawing, another way of achieving this creative flow is to simply write. Free write, don’t worry about whether or not this is going to be your best writing. Just write. After all, your first 1000 pages of anything is going to suck. Get a notebook, sit down for 20 minutes, and write!

3. Digital collage is my new favorite thing. I use photoshop + Figma to create these collages. It’s a fun way of putting together creative collages without having to worry about glueing paper together or being a great drawer.

Book I'm finishing up

Essentialism by Greg Mckeown
Reading this book for a second time because it's impacted the way I've valued my time. This is a book that advocates a conscious, deliberate, and informed focus on what is truly essential in our personal and professional lives.

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