Eight months, in an office

10 months ago, I was living what I thought was a dream: working remotely for a decently-buzzed tech startup where I was the lead product guy. I could work in my underwear, start and end whenever I wanted, have free reign to work and travel wherever I pleased.

Then in May, said startup laid me (and pretty much everyone else) off with a week’s notice.

I had seen this coming for almost a year for various reasons I won’t get into – but what did surprise me was the ease of getting back on my financial feet. Those of us who got laid off were offered a new job pretty quickly by Wayfair, an e-commerce giant also based in Boston. So that’s where I ended up.

Eight months later, I find myself finally in my element again. The first three months in this job were total culture shock: I was uncomfortable around so many people, all of them wanting to talk to me all about the work and nothing but the work. I was frustrated with having to commute to an office at all, let alone walking down the street like I would regularly do in New York.

But over the last few months, I figured out a rhythm to make it work for me. It’s certainly not a perfect situation – but then again, what job is, really? – but I’ve had some time to reflect about being in an office again.

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Amazing, free Mac apps for tech-averse creatives

I rely on technology (ie. a bunch of apps on my iPhone and MacBook) to keep myself in order: tools to create actionable tasks, collaborate on projects, speed up my workflow, and probably more things I could list if I took a look at my phone.

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For Art’s Sake

It’s been a slow month for us… We’ve spent the past month navigating our way through living in real-life Halloweentown and all the crowds and crazies that comes with it. That, along with dealing with some minor health issues compounded with a disappointing insurance plan, made October a rather unproductive month on the blog front.

Before October began, I was excited to go out and take photos of the city, and all the types of people (and monsters) it attracts this time of year. I felt obligated to document the events and the people…until a familiar feeling set in. An anxiety and pressure to create images because it’s what is expected. It’s something that I hadn’t felt since college – that pressure to produce work that everyone else is producing and you know will get you an A.

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Unabashed love for Trello (wasting time for productivity, part two)

I always sort of knew this, but it recently hit me just how much writing there is on productivity, GTD and task management apps post-iPhone. So many opinions of so many apps leveraging so many tactics. On top of that, plenty of rebuttals of technology-as-productivity and reminders that “pen and paper always works.” So I’ve…

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NYC and back (permanently)

I maintain a theory that the happiest people in New York City are bartenders. They are decently paid, have flexible hours, can usually find work right near home, and pride themselves on being a friendly savior to those who so desperately need their service at the end of another punishing day. Those people, pretty much…

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I spend a lot of time trying to be productive, part one

I spend a lot of time trying to be more productive in my work. I get my shit done, but it’s important to put stress and focus on the *right things*. It takes some thought to figure out the right things to work on, and sometimes I blow a ton of time figuring that out…

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