Feb. 7 2020
Kaylin Marcotte is piecing out. At the end of 2019, she launched Jiggy, a new kind of jigsaw company that spotlights images from online artists, creating puzzles that are beautiful before, during, and after completion. (They even come with glue so you can frame them!) How does she make games for work without playing games in the office? We asked her.
7:00 P.M. I’m a one-woman show, so sometimes I work from home, but I have a coworking space and if I’m working there, I am usually home around 7ish.
7:30 P.M. I’m either back on my computer or I’ll do an evening workout. We have a neighborhood gym half a block away from home, so I’ll change and run down the block. I have been doing this thing where I only allow myself to watch TV when I’m at the gym and on the treadmill. Right now I’m watching Dirty John. It was a podcast and was turned into a Netflix series… It’s great.
8:30 P.M. My fiancé and I are night owls so we usually eat dinner pretty late. We used to have a terrible Seamless habit, but now that we’ve moved to Brooklyn we have a little more space to cook, so we’ve been [doing that] a lot more. We made this gluten free eggplant parm recently and it was pretty amazing.
9:30 P.M. After dinner, I usually do a little more work. Every day is different, but these days I’ve had orders to pack up for Jiggy and send out to influencers. I like to do that and watch the news.
10:30 P.M. I puzzle. I find it so relaxing because there’s really no way to multitask… you can’t be on your phone, you can’t be on your computer. It’s part of my nightly meditation: I’ll put on my Parachute robe, make some tea, and puzzle. It’s funny because this is how the company started (puzzling to de-stress after work), and I feel like if I didn’t genuinely like puzzling, my bluff would’ve been called by now.
11:30 P.M. My fiancé recently got into men’s Korean skincare so we’ve been using a lot of the same products lately. One new product I’ve been incorporating is Biossance squalane and lactic acid serum. So each night I like to cleanse, use that serum, and moisturize.
12:00 A.M. I’m reading this book, The Artist’s Way. There are exercises in it designed to help you unlock your creativity, so I’ve been trying to practice that. And then, honestly, I do more work. Weekdays I am on my computer all the time, but my Saturdays are sacred.
1:00 A.M. I try to be in bed by 1. My ideal sleep schedule would be my college schedule, when I would sleep from 2 to 10 A.M. (But obviously it’s not possible.) So before bed I plug in my phone away from me, across the room. There have been too many mornings where I accidentally turned my alarm off…