Yo, I'm Matias

Amateur asker of questions and learner of things. Shaping a better work life for us all building product at Assembly.

Building Habits

Using systems to kick off and stick to new habits
I’ve always been controlled by my habits. I’ve always wanted it to be the other way around. There was so much I wanted to do and so little time to do it. The only problem: that’s not true. It was not true then. It’s not true now.

Leveling Up Your 1:1s

Running the 1:1s your reports want to show up to
One on ones are the most valuable tool a manager has to connect with, influence, and align with their direct reports. It is also one of the most stale, unstructured rituals we have in the corporate world. This is not for a lack of trying.

My Net Worth Tracking Journey

Systematically Logging My Net Worth for 4 Years
I started tracking my net worth three years, nine months and six days ago. I have a record of my net worth going back to October 2016. In that time, my net worth has increased 40 times over. No other practice has had as great an effect on my financial consciousness.

Breaking a TikTok Addiction with Assembly

Experimenting with Workflows to Replace Bad Habits
When our habits become unconscious they cease to enliven us and begin to imprison us. Everyone and their mother is addicted to social media. TikTok is the newest in what has become a long line of highly engaging, highly addicting, and highly available products that sit, poised in our pockets...

1,500 Hours: How I Learned to Speak Korean In a Year and a Half

Unlearning How to Think And Learning How to Learn
I’ve spent the last 480 days learning Korean. I’ve spent 1,500 total hours studying. I had my first conversation last week. This morning I shared my knowledge of Greek mythology with a tutor 6,000 miles away. I leave for Korea in 10 days. It’s been a wild ride.

How to Manage your manager

Giving your manager what they need to give you what you want
As a young person in the workforce today the constant low-grade anxiety of incessant recruiter emails, sexy buzzwords, and self-congratulatory new job posts on LinkedIn can convince you that there is always a job one move away that cure you of your work woes.