My Studio Commandments

Inspired by this post I read by Sarah Drasner, I thought it would be a really good idea to list my “studio commandments”. Just like Sarah, I can see how these would change over time. So while this is not what I would’ve asked of myself in college, I think these rules fit my work style these days.

I also like that this serves as a great snapshot of how my work style changes with time. I am curious to see which rules persist or which rules get heavily modified.

Without further ado,

My Rules

  1. Start each day with a cup of coffee

    • Okay, I lied, this one speaks to younger me too. I’m sure this one is also not going anywhere any time soon
  2. Keep water in arms reach, refill when empty

    • This is a dual purpose rule. One is to counter any diuretic effects of caffeine
    • Two is to make sure I get up every now and tehn to walk. I typically go through 24 oz. (~710 mL for you metric folks) per 3 hours
  3. Race yourself: Set a crazy sounding time to finish a chunck of work/task and try to achieve it

    • I think this helps in trying to push me to work smarter. Best case scenario I do what I set out to do; worst case scenario I spend a little more time on the task and get it done anyway
  4. Getting distracted is okay, just don’t get too distracted

    • I know it’s inevitable, but once I notice that I am distracted (obviously easier said than done), I can start making decisions to get back to work
  5. Make notes of the process/steps of whatever task you do. For yourself and for others in the same boat as you

    • I know how it feels to reach some complicated documentation and feel discouraged that it is a pain to read and try an comprehend. So this one stems a bit from the boyscout rule: I want to leave the internet a little better than when I found it

I will take some time to read over these before I work, just to make sure it really sticks. I am curious to see what is wishful thinking or what is a rule I choose to live by.

This all seems like I need to follow up with a post about work life balance means to me. Maybe tomorrow’s post can be about that!


Thanks for reading this post! Comments, questions, and feedback are always welcome.


Thanks for reading this post! Comments, questions, and feedback are always welcome.