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Jason Chatfield
New York-based Australian Comedian & Cartoonist for the New Yorker. Obsessed with productivity hacks, the creative process, and the Oxford comma.

Want to get shit done? Throw out your notebook and open your iCal.

On a given week, I do a daily comic strip, regular and , I do stand-up comedy shows all over the city, perform and voice act in TV commercials and volunteer as the President of the National Cartoonists Society. If it sounds like a lot of work, it . I get a lot of questions as to how I fit it all in.

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A very interesting correlation across 400 years of the greatest writers, artists, poets, composers and other creative minds.

Routine, in an intelligent man, is a sign of ambition.

I just finished reading and re-reading two books about productive creative workers that had the same correlation in them:

  1. Mason Currey’s fantastic book . I couldn’t put it down. I highly recommend it for any artist struggling to establish a daily routine in whatever your new normal looks like.
  2. Alex Soojung-Kim Pang’s brilliant book, Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less which pairs perfectly with #1.

I went through Mason’s book and highlighted something I found as a very interesting correlation across 400 years of the greatest writers, artists…

Earlier this year I was approached to work on a project Sam Harris was making with Ricky Gervais. It was a big surprise and a huge privilege.

On the back of the mini-episodes Sam had been releasing on his podcast with Ricky, dissecting philosophical quandaries and cracking wise, I was told they were keen to develop something bigger together: A limited audiobook series, downloadable as one binge-worthy show named .

After a few rounds of development and refinement, we arrived at the visual style above. I’m really happy with where we landed. …

There are very few cartoons of mine that I have ever fought for, insisting the joke was worthy of publication. More often than not, a rejected cartoon just isn’t a good fit, isn’t well-enough executed, has been done in some form or another (and probably already purchased), or just doesn’t work for the publication’s tone.
But…. as listeners of my podcast will know, there is one single joke I have been insisting needs to find a home for over 3 years, and that is this week’s cartoon in Airmail.

It all started with a silly little idea…

As often happens, I was out in New…

Life in the epicentre of a global pandemic.

I have a vivid memory of riding my bike around Manhattan one afternoon and not seeing anyone for ten blocks. I was coming home from getting an antibody test (positive) to see if I was still immune. This was before any sign of a vaccine becoming available in the near future.

It was the first time in a month I’d left my apartment to do anything other than take my dog downstairs for a pee. The boarded-up storefronts, empty streets and eerie atmosphere soaked into my brain, heavy. It felt like the start of a horror film.

I moved here…

There is change coming no matter how much control you think you have over your time. Learn to enjoy it.

One of Seth Godin’s posts last week tweaked something in my brain (as it often does) and reminded me of an important, constant truth:

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Today I’m focusing on why you say to things you don’t want to do.

There are a lot of reasons people say yes to things they don’t want to do. …

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Are you the kind of person who gets a high from cancelled plans? Yeah, me too. You also say ‘sorry’ a lot when it isn’t your fault, right?

Problem is, getting excited about cancelled…

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