The Secret to Hyperproductivity

When I was in the corporate world, I couldn’t take a day off when I was sick. It wasn’t that I didn’t have health insurance; I had excellent coverage with affordable copays, saw my doctor regularly, and got all of the medicine I needed at reasonable prices. Nor was it that I didn’t have any…

Anxiety is the Handmaiden of Creativity

The title of this post is a quote from T.S. Elliot. Today I’m trying to take it to heart, because my anxiety level is cranked up to 11. I’m struggling to leverage it into energy and motivation, rather than letting it completely murder my productivity. Reframing my thinking to embrace anxiety as the handmaiden of…

Katie in Finland: Make Art Not War, Part 1

In this episode, Katie and Berin talk about why art education is important, how Katie’s creative process for making dolls feeds into her academic research and writing process, and why something seemingly only of value to the individual can be valuable to everyone. DISCLAIMER: This podcast is for entertainment purposes only. It is not a…

The Reality of Being a Foreigner

When we left the United States, there were Americans who told us, “Remember, everything you do reflects upon your country”. In one of the first orientations Katie went through at the university, she was told “You are here representing you, not your country, so relax and be yourself”. In the intervening years, we’re had both…

The Thermodynamics of To Do Lists

A productive person in motion tends to remain in motion. An unproductive person at rest tends to remain at rest. While many people think to-do lists aren’t beneficial, and find that other sorts of systems better meet their needs, I can’t live without them. They are the micro-goals and cheat-sheets that get me through the…