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Dandy Cast 051: The time has come...

Sean Anderson
Sean Anderson

This podcast episode was recorded as an accompanying audio version of the Dandy Newsletter that was published on November 17, 2020.

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It’s time for me to ramp things down for the holidays and start taking some time off. I’ve been talking about it for a while, but I need this time to decompress, think deeply, and just enjoy myself. I want to get outside more, do some creative things, and occasionally sit around and do nothing.

I appreciate your continued support and interest in Dandy Cat Design. It’s been quite the year for, well, the whole world. It means a lot to me that you would give me your time and attention with all that’s going on. I’ll be seeing and talking with you soon. In the meantime, treat yourself well. I love you all.

There’s also a brand spankin’ new blog post waiting for you. It’s called, My Top 5 Indispensable Work Tools—2020 Edition.

Let’s cap off the year with another edition of my indispensable work tools. This time, I’ve been focusing on growing my business. That means, instead of relying on creative tools, I’ve been making use of tools that will help me connect with others. It’s a great list of apps and services you can use right now. Get into it!

We’re wrapping things up with what I’m watching, reading, and listening to this week. It’s a great assortment of media that’s worth your time.

Links to stuff that was mentioned:

Vacations Aren’t for Working - Dandy Cat Design

More Movies Please! - Libsyn

”Treat Yo’ Self” - YouTube

Clement Clarke Moore - Wikipedia

A Visit from St. Nicholas - Wikipedia

My Top 5 Indispensable Work Tools—2020 Edition - Dandy Cat Design

My Top 5 Indispensable Work Tools—2019 Edition - Dandy Cat Design

Actually Quite Precedented | Connected Pro - Relay FM

The Queen’s Gambit - Netflix

Heartworms | The Shins - YouTube

How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy | Jenny Odell - Goodreads

The full text

The Dandy Newsletter—11/17/20

I’ve been hinting at it for a while and now I’m actually going to do it: I’m taking a break for the holidays.

Over the last several weeks, I’ve written a fair amount about identifying the warning signs of burnout, and how sneaky and destructive it can be. When I was writing those thoughts, I did so with the desire to help other people care for themselves—you deserve to be treated well, even by yourself. There’s not much out there that’s more important than your health. After all, if you suffer because of burnout, then frankly, you’re not going to be the person that the people in your life want and need you to be.

What I wasn’t aware of when writing out those past dispatches was how prescient I was being for my own life. Good thing I made all those helpful points because I needed to hear them. Sometimes it takes writing out some common sense for other people to snap yourself into the awareness that you’ve been lacking in said common sense. (By the way, I love how writing can have that power—it’s forever illuminating.)

It’s time I took my own advice and started taking better care of myself. In a sense, this will be a sabbatical, except there won’t be a university footing the bill for my time off. It sure would be neat if that was the case, though. Do you happen to know of any institution of higher learning that wants to fund the spiritual and professional growth of this productivity-pushing, cat-loving guy?

This won’t be a “normal” sort of break. I’m trying to go into this with care and good intention. I want this time to be active, creative, and thoughtful. I’m planning on walking a lot more, taking more pictures, and writing my heart out. I desire to understand myself and what I want to do with my life better. I long for quiet introspection and loud EUREKA! moments.

I also want to catch up on my movie and tv show queues. Hey, vacations aren’t for working. There’s nothing wrong with relaxing. Oh, and I'll also still be recording episodes of my More Movies Please! podcast. It's a lot of fun, and we all need loads of that in our lives.

That’s what I’ll have going on for the coming weeks. At the moment, I’m planning on presenting new stuff after the new year. I’m following the familiar school-time holiday schedule here. You can expect to see me again sometime in early January.

I encourage you to take care of yourself and consider taking some time off, if you’re able to do so. Even an extra day to yourself here and there can be beneficial. Remember, you are your most important asset, so take care of yourself. Sleep in now and then. Eat some tasty, good-for-you food. See some awe-inspiring sights (while wearing a mask if there are other people around). As Tom and Donna say, “Treat yo’ self!”

I also want to wish you happy holidays. For my American readers, enjoy your Thanksgiving. Really get into the spirit of that holiday: think deeply about what you’re thankful for and then be so damn thankful for it that you fall in love with it all over again. For those celebrating Christmas, get cozy, eat some tasty cookies, give and receive some amazing presents, love the people in your life, and listen to all the Yuletide songs you can handle. Heck, do that even if you don’t celebrate Christmas. For those observing other year-end holidays, I’m not familiar with all of them and thus shouldn’t comment too specifically. I will say that you should just enjoy the heck out of them and hug the people you love.

Thank you for another wonderful year. I’ll talk to you soon.

To paraphrase Clement Clarke Moore’s A Visit from St. Nicholas, “Happy holidays to all, and to all a good night!”

I've just gotta have them!

There’s a new blog post waiting for you. Let’s do a dance! 🎉

It’s called: My Top 5 Indispensable Work Tools—2020 Edition.

Despite heading off for a bit, it wouldn’t be a normal-ish Tuesday if there wasn’t a new blog post on the site. This time, I’m continuing my now annual tradition of showing off the tools I’ve been using this year that have made my work more enjoyable. I’ve got a great batch of tools for you.

These apps and services are essential to making my day-to-day working life actually, you know, work. Without them, I’d feel lost.

Last year, I focused on productivity and design tools. This year, I’ve been focused on extending my online presence. After all, what good is an online business if online people aren’t aware of you? These services have been invaluable to me and I’m sure they can be the same for you. Follow the link to read about this year’s indispensable tools.

If you ever want to throw some suggestions my way, then send me a reply to this email. They’re always wonderful to receive.

Seriously friend, I'd love to hear from you.

Until next time, stay dandy, cat.


Sean Anderson

Lover of productivity tips, Apple devices, and vegan ice cream. Mostly, I'm busy petting cats 🐱 and dogs 🐶

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