Sunday Letter #18

Happy Sunday, friends.

We’re now halfway through 2020. And though it’s felt like a decade has passed in six months, we have another six ahead of us. I’ll be taking some time this week to look back and look ahead.

What were your highs and lows of the past six months? How will you make the most of the next half of the year? Maybe you need to rest and relax to catch your breath. Or maybe you need to chart a path for finding your next career move. Or perhaps you’re considering a gap year from college, and it’s time to make those plans.

Whatever you do, consider this your mid-year nudge. And commit to take your next steps with energy and commitment. Anything flies with those two ingredients. Anything.

Onwards & upwards,

Victor, Stella and the Experience Lab team

On Remote Work Market Map

Since quarantine began in March, students have taken to completing their semesters online, and essentially 100% of knowledge workers and 58% of the US workforce have been forced to work from home for the last 3 months. The future of work is changing, and as college students or recent graduates, you might be entering the decade of remote work. In this detailed piece, Elaine Zelby shares the myriad of tools that are making remote work more efficient, from interviewing and onboarding platforms to internal messaging and task tracking apps. Chances are, many of you will begin your first jobs out of college remotely. Get a headstart and familiarize yourself with these handy remote working tools. Medium.

On What’s Worth Doing, Episode #2

I recently launched a video series called What’s Worth Doing, where I interview career professionals on the leaps they’ve taken throughout their careers and the leaps they’re taking next. This week, in episode 2, we hear from my dear friend, Samir Wagle. Samir led large restaurant and food brands like McDonald’s, Chipotle, Boudin, and Protein Bar. But he began to realize he was spending his days following other people’s expectations rather than writing his own story. After a few leaps, he found himself restarting his career and helping people find their place in the world. And in doing so, he found his. I thoroughly enjoyed my conversation with Samir. Youtube.

On Rethinking Our Perception Of Time

I (Stella) am often horrified when my laptop or phone notifies me of the amount of hours and minutes I have spent on my screen. Surely that can’t be? Yet time has certainly taken on new dimensions since the world pretty much shut down three months ago. I now particularly treasure my morning 20-minute walks in my neighborhood, and time spent watering the many plants I’ve accumulated over quarantine. In this piece, Dean Kissick writes about how he has picked up The Pomodoro technique of time management – breaking up the day into 25-minute intervals. 25 minutes on, five minutes off, and repeat. Kissick concludes, “the technique has brought me to some profound existential questions about whether I’m wasting my life — my fragile, fleeting life — on activities I neither care about nor enjoy. It has forced me to think about what I’d most like to be doing every day instead. It has made me see time afresh — as something we really don’t have enough of, as something precious precisely because it’s ephemeral.” If you spend 25 minutes reading through this newsletter (which would make us so happy), think about how you can best spend your next five minutes of break time. Then try doing it again. New York Times.

PS: We’ll be taking next Sunday off to celebrate the holiday. We hope you can safely soak up some quality time with your friends and family.