Dear kids.

Just some notes I jotted down yesterday, mostly to reference later. Tl;dr:

  • do less
  • block time for deep work
  • get it to done, avoid follow-up tasks
  • jot down possible next steps
  • what is the next deliverable and its timeline?
  • get feedback

Annotated version:

do less

  • learn to say no
  • never say yes. Say “maybe” at first, pull more info, think about it
  • check relevance from different lenses
  • do a quick wins/risks assessment
  • check effectiveness vs efficiency
  • prioritize. Two things can never have the same prio. There can only be one single line of descending prios.
  • focus on one thing at a time

block time for deep work

  • put the blocks in the calendar
  • communicate in a fiendly but clear way that this is your flow and focus time and that disturbing is not an option. Only cases of blood or fire justify disturbing a block of focus time
  • protecting yourself from getting disturbed is key: close door, put on headphones, set yourself offline, close communication apps, turn off notifications, set phone to airplane mode.

get it to done, avoid follow-up tasks

  • do the minimum thing to close the ticket in good conscious. Do not push that to tomorrow. Do not pile up clean up tasks
  • it is always ok to split up a ticket, rephrase and re-prioritise

jot down possible next steps

  • ideate on possibilities here
  • sleep over it
  • decide tomorrow

what is the next deliverable and its timeline?

  • i am currently implementing a strict three-step process for prototypes, so i am blocking out three days plus a day of slack and a day of testing

get feedback

  • duh :)

Best, Dad

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Fabian Fabian is an Interaction Designer at Costa Digital. He is a speaker at international conferences, an avid sketchnoter, and co-founder of community events like the UX Camp Hamburg, Github from Scratch or the Agile Design Camp.

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