Why is Paris one of the most beloved cities in the world? One of the most romantic?

Jan Gehl would say: we love Paris, because it is one of the most walkable cities in the world.

In his seminal book, Life Between Buildings, he studies pedestrian traffic. He shows us…


I love the Calm app. I’ve tried Headspace a few times, but Calm is actually more my cup of tea. Why?

Calm has actually helped me build a habit of meditating. Each day, I look forward to meditating. I now consider myself a student of meditation, rather than a dabbler.


You might be familiar with the Eisenhower Matrix:

It’s a framework for deciding what to prioritize.

  1. You think about whether something is important or not important.
  2. Then you think about whether it’s urgent or not urgent.

Here’s an observation: the tiny habits that help you to achieve a goal live…


I learned a new idea called “emotional granularity.” I was listening to The Knowledge Project, a podcast by Shane Parrish of the Farnam Street Blog.

Lisa Feldman Barrett is the researcher behind the idea. Emotional granularity is when people describe their emotions with specificity. For example, rather than say a…


I spent everyday of high school working at my parents’ Chinese takeout joint. In Miami, this meant American style Chinese takeout with a Cuban flavor.

I’m standing behind a counter. The phone rings.

“Ah-lo, gimme the five dollar special with, uh, the wings and a side of frijoles.”

“Will that…


If you’re reading this, you know the struggle.

Google Jamboard

You get to use sticky notes, pen tool, text tool, and others. If you want to brainstorm around a topic, you can simply write your prompt at the top. Then you ask people to write sticky notes. Set a…


Photo: Charles Deluvio, Unsplash

It’s been about half a year since I’ve been working from home. Meetings are even more frequent now. Yet, have they become better meetings? More efficient? More useful? More… enjoyable?

It depends on how you define a “better” meeting. For me, “better” is not so much about the tool, as…


What does it mean to be curious? It means paying attention to moments.

Credit: Thomas Renaud, Unsplash

There are a few lines from a book that keep popping up:

“Each event spoke with a cryptic tongue. And the moments of living slowly revealed their coded meanings…

There was the delight I caught…


What is tinkering? Trying things out. Not knowing what will happen. Not knowing you’ll arrive at the “solution” today, if ever.

Recently I bought an AeroPress so that I can make a less sucky cup of coffee. Watching the documentary, AeroPress Movie, I paused at this one moment. This frame…


Imagine there’s a way you could toast bread without firing up the stove, flipping the bread in a pan, and burning your fingers along the way. Lottie is the equivalent of this tool.

Once in a while, a tool like Lottie comes along that changes the game. I hear often…

Tan Chan

Observations on living and working 🔅 Senior Motion Designer at Planned Parenthood // bytanchan.com

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