My Take on the Don't Break the Chain and No Zero Days Techniques

Posted on March 13, 2015

Suitless Pursuits Progress

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been trying to keep up with my side project, Suitless Pursuits. The crew requested a design refresh and on top of that, I wanted rewrite its backend. So I’ve been trying to keep up with this project by keeping to a principle: do one thing everyday. And the gif up there is a progress report of how it’s going so far (more on that later).

Apparently, this is a thing that Jerry Seinfeld (of all people) did to keep up with writing new jokes and coming up with a brand new material every year: he got a giant calendar and just put an x out on the day he wrote a joke. Eventually, he got a chain going and it felt good seeing that chain. Then all he had to do was to not break that chain.

I started doing it too

My Chain

That’s a tiny calendar in the inside of my notebook. You’ll notice that there were a couple of days I missed doing a chain. It sucked.


A Content Editor

Posted on January 31, 2015

editor example

I had this idea for a content editor. The idea is that content is divided into discrete chunks, or modules. Each module can be swapped out for another one (kinda like what the medium does).

You can find a scrappy demo of it here and see the source here.

Ideas are one thing but once I started prototyping, I started running into the gotchas.