Issue 5: 2021, Books, Journal, Design Better, this and that

NEW-YEAR: Happy 2021! New year is here, and if you are looking for a method to be more organized or to have an analog habit - try the Bullet Journal method. It's functional and straightforward, and I am doing it for the last four years. Matt's recent video on ‘Beginners friendly BuJo’ is the simplest way to mature from a to-do-list to Bullet Journal.

CRAFT: You have probably heard about how Nobel Prize medal is made, but do you know about the handmade diploma covers and cases? Here is an article about it.

READING: As the year ends, I see 111 books in my read/reread list. That's high, and at the same time, I feel it is a privilege to be able to read and relax while a pandemic is happening. Of all books I’ve read, I recommend this list as must-reads.

TOOLS: It's funny to use productivity tools to kill time! And 2020 was a year of trying and experimenting with different tools. Some experiments did pay off well, and some experiments help others (Notion Focus Template, Notion Zettel), though I am not using them. Here is my current tool list.

DESIGN BETTER: Big thanks and hugs to Invision team for making designbetter. It's a pack of must read articles on design, product and collaboration.

COLOR: How you pick a color? Recently I stumbled upon Picular, a tool that helps you pick a shade to represent something. Handy tools for minimalist designers, I would say.

TWEET OF THE YEAR: "We NEED to stop glamourising overworking. Please. The absence of sleep, good diet, exercise, relaxation, and time with friends and family isn't something to be applauded. Too many people wear their burnout as a badge of honour. And it needs to change."