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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.

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…

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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: Nothing is forever, change is the only constant.

Walking away from something that we’re used to, even if it’s unjust or inefficient or ineffective–it usually takes far too long. Fear, momentum and the status quo combine to keep us stuck…

…Sunk costs are real, but we must ignore them. Culture changes, our standards evolve, opportunities arise.

Better is possible… if we care enough to walk away from what was and brave enough to build something new.

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“No is a decision. Yes is a responsibility.
Be careful what (and who) you say yes to. It will shape your day, your career, your family, your life.”

~ James Clear

Today I’m focusing on why you say yes 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. …

Photo by Xavi Cabrera on Unsplash

“People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. I’m actually as proud of the things we haven’t done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying no to 1,000 things.”

~ Steve Jobs

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…

Inbox on a phone.
Inbox on a phone.
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This clever trick is a way to clarify what you need to do, and add a boost of motivation to close the loop by actually getting it done

When you’re freelancing without any actual Bill Lumburgh-like boss hovering over your desk asking for TPS reports, odds are you have trouble with the great beast that is procrastination.

Don’t deny it—that only wastes more time. Just admit it, and we can move on.

Working alone means you inevitably find a millionty zillion other things to do than the one thing you’re meant to be doing, especially on a big job you’ve been given lots of time to do. Also when you have a tonne of different things to do and you don’t know which one to start.

1. Make…

© Copyright 2021 Jason Chatfield & Naomi Brockwell

5 years ago, my friend Naomi Brockwell and I collaborated on a children's book about Bitcoin for young kids. It explains cryptocurrency in a very simple and understandable way through the story of a young schoolboy who gets bullied on his way to school. You can buy it on Amazon or Apple Books.

Here’s a little teaser video about the book:

(I don’t work for MUD or anything. I just like the idea and it’s giving me exactly what it said it would.)

Mud Water. It sounds revolting. Whomever came up with the name needs a hard slap across the face with a sack of Matcha, but they’re definitely on to something.

The point at which Mud water (or MUD\WTR as it’s known) slid into my DMs, was the exact same point at which I’d just consumed my fifth doppio espresso for the day. It wasn’t pretty. I was a jittery, caffeine-addled sleepless mess.

The caffeine spiral happened after returning from…

The surprising benefits of keeping a diary, and the Stoic mindfulness “Last Time” meditation.

Every day for the past 13 years I’ve kept a digital diary of what I did that day. It’s part daily review, part ‘separating the days for each other’, part written memory to aid my faulty in-built one. It sends me an email asking, “What did you do today?” I reply. It goes into a secure cloud-based platform and gets stored. (I used to use, but now I use

It’s nothing fancy — I don’t go into detail about my feelings unless someone died, or I got a cartoon published in the New Yorker, or I get the…

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