Jake Kahana shares how to get more focused, so you can create the necessary space and time to give your most important work a fighting chance.
I like to think of it as a day of focus. I had a chance to participate in their most recent event in New York City last month.
The day is organized into a series of work sprints from 9am to 5pm. They provide structure to reduce distractions, like handing in your phone as soon as you arrive, as well as the number of decisions to make, so you can dedicate your mental energy to doing your best work.
Jake supports himself as a freelancer designer who enjoys working with innovative brands to unlock the passion behind their ideas.
A few lessons packed into our conversation include:
- Honing your story through a creative process of experimentation to identify what works and what doesn’t.
- How Jake is learning to make the transition from a role as a one-man design team and to creating work for clients on an independent basis.
- Exploration of the habits of personal productivity.
Life Skills That Matter In This Episode
- Reframe your mindset
- Build community
- Tell your story
- Manage your energy
How Jake Works and Thinks
- Wake up time: 6:30 am
- Core work activities + habits: 1) Structuring time between working and breaks as well as structuring spaces around work. 2) Knowing your own process and knowing what you have to do. 3) Taking breaks.
- 90-day goal: Grow [CAVEDAY] to at least 3 cities.
“We’re giving people permission to start better habits and to think about, to be more mindful about what’s good for them.”
“The more that I do work, the more that I figure out who I am.”
“Look at any artist over a period of time and the kind of work they do evolves over time and so should yours and so will mine.”
“It’s about being less precious and about moving faster, knowing that things will get better and change.”
To increase your productivity, Jake suggests trying “time batching”:
Schedule your working time in a specific way. Give yourself specific time frames for tasks like checking email, add it to a calendar, and stick to it.
Give yourself specific time frames for tasks like checking email. Add your task to your calendar, and then stick to it!
Resources + Bonus Materials
Austin Kleon quote, “In the act of doing the work, you figure out who you are, so just get started.”
Here’s a photo of Jake from the most recent [CAVEDAY]: