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18 Tips to Avoid Procrastination       (the LeanUX Way)           Trent Mankelow, @optimalworkshop      http://www.flickr....
Why talk aboutProcrastination? Two reasons, really
Procrastination impacts knowledge workershttp://2.bp.blogspot.com/-YhyEAomLWCA/TqdGbZy4c2I/AAAAAAAAOD0/m9dxqs5JgRM/s1600/O...
LeanUX principles can help!http://luxr.co/lean-ux/10-principles-for-lean-ux/
Why talk aboutProcrastination? Two reasons, really
Productivity pr0n (a/k/a "Productivity     porn") is a superclass of materials and    methods for theoretically becoming m...
My talk                ProductivityLean UX                   porn
What isProcrastination?
The act of postponing or delaying anaction needlessly    http://oyster.ignimgs.com/wordpress/www.ign.com/17367/2011/04/res...
Why do weprocrastinate?
Because we are afraid of failurehttp://jeremywaite.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/fail444456.jpg
Because we are afraid of being imperfecthttp://img2.etsystatic.com/000/0/5677449/il_fullxfull.340295286.jpg
Because we are overwhelmedhttp://www.weblogcartoons.com/
Why does it matter?
It can affect your healthhttp://www.berwick.monash.edu.au/vce-revision-lecture.jpg
The quality of your work may sufferhttp://s3-ec.buzzfed.com/static/enhanced/web04/2012/1/23/12/enhanced-buzz-6886-13273414...
It can make it hard for others on the teamhttp://files.redux.com/images/68b1309581015fd82b8bc36a59155772/raw
You may miss deadlineshttp://lightshowmedia.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/dinasours-miss-deadline.jpg?w=570
Is procrastination   always bad?
Some people live for the rushhttp://1.bp.blogspot.com/-mWhkAgYuIUc/ThceMJ7b9YI/AAAAAAAAAhQ/y-sNizvWzz0/s1600/NZone+Sky+Div...
Sometimes procrastination = percolation
18 tips
Lean UX Principle: Goal-driven andoutcome focussed
1. Identify your three key outcomes eachday, week, month, and year       http://www.gettingresults.com
2. Do a weekly reviewhttps://secure.davidco.com/store/catalog/GTD-WEEKLY-REVIEW-p-16165.php
3. Think ‘next action’, not ‘to do’http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidchicopham/3574355833/
4. Say Nohttp://www.gptalkback.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/computer-says-no.jpg
Lean UX Principle:    Routinize
5. Decide on the Most Important Taskbefore you leave work each day
6. Park on a downhill slopehttp://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b8/DunedinBaldwinStreet_Parked_Car.jpg
7. Avoid e-mail for the first hour of every dayhttp://www.wccbournemouth.co.uk/images/email.jpg
Lean UX Principle:   Externalise
8. Use a pen and paper
9. Mindmap the edges of the projecthttp://www.humorhound.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/darth-vader-brainstorm-death-star....
10. Two heads are better than onehttp://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb57886/muppet/images/d/d8/Tumblr-Two-HeadedMonster.png
11. Set arbitrary, public deadlineshttp://www.flickr.com/photos/joelanman/366192378/
1. What is the worst that could happen?   2. What would I do if the worst really happened?   3. How would I lessen the pai...
Lean UX Principle:    Go faster
1. Choose a task to be accomplished2. Set a timer for 25 minutes3. Work on the task until the timer goes   off4. Take a 5 ...
14. Create a ‘CC’ inbox
15. Colour code your emails
Lean UX Principle:  Good enough
16. Do “shitty first drafts”http://www.orcutt.net/othercontent/sfds.pdf
17. Consider only giving yourself a certainnumber of revisions
One final, very powerful tip
18. Plan play, and celebrate successAda and Louise, Tonga 2011
Resources
Thanks!   Trent Mankelow Optimal Workshopoptimalworkshop.com @optimalworkshop
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  1. 1. 18 Tips to Avoid Procrastination (the LeanUX Way) Trent Mankelow, @optimalworkshop http://www.flickr.com/photos/jesse757/3094868007/sizes/l/in/photostream/
  2. 2. Why talk aboutProcrastination? Two reasons, really
  3. 3. Procrastination impacts knowledge workershttp://2.bp.blogspot.com/-YhyEAomLWCA/TqdGbZy4c2I/AAAAAAAAOD0/m9dxqs5JgRM/s1600/OfficeSpace_022Pyxurz.jpg
  4. 4. LeanUX principles can help!http://luxr.co/lean-ux/10-principles-for-lean-ux/
  5. 5. Why talk aboutProcrastination? Two reasons, really
  6. 6. Productivity pr0n (a/k/a "Productivity porn") is a superclass of materials and methods for theoretically becoming more organized and productive.http://wiki.43folders.com/index.php/Productivity_pr0n
  7. 7. My talk ProductivityLean UX porn
  8. 8. What isProcrastination?
  9. 9. The act of postponing or delaying anaction needlessly http://oyster.ignimgs.com/wordpress/www.ign.com/17367/2011/04/research-paper-vs-internet-comic.jpg
  10. 10. Why do weprocrastinate?
  11. 11. Because we are afraid of failurehttp://jeremywaite.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/fail444456.jpg
  12. 12. Because we are afraid of being imperfecthttp://img2.etsystatic.com/000/0/5677449/il_fullxfull.340295286.jpg
  13. 13. Because we are overwhelmedhttp://www.weblogcartoons.com/
  14. 14. Why does it matter?
  15. 15. It can affect your healthhttp://www.berwick.monash.edu.au/vce-revision-lecture.jpg
  16. 16. The quality of your work may sufferhttp://s3-ec.buzzfed.com/static/enhanced/web04/2012/1/23/12/enhanced-buzz-6886-1327341418-52.jpg
  17. 17. It can make it hard for others on the teamhttp://files.redux.com/images/68b1309581015fd82b8bc36a59155772/raw
  18. 18. You may miss deadlineshttp://lightshowmedia.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/dinasours-miss-deadline.jpg?w=570
  19. 19. Is procrastination always bad?
  20. 20. Some people live for the rushhttp://1.bp.blogspot.com/-mWhkAgYuIUc/ThceMJ7b9YI/AAAAAAAAAhQ/y-sNizvWzz0/s1600/NZone+Sky+Diving+3+copy.jpg
  21. 21. Sometimes procrastination = percolation
  22. 22. 18 tips
  23. 23. Lean UX Principle: Goal-driven andoutcome focussed
  24. 24. 1. Identify your three key outcomes eachday, week, month, and year http://www.gettingresults.com
  25. 25. 2. Do a weekly reviewhttps://secure.davidco.com/store/catalog/GTD-WEEKLY-REVIEW-p-16165.php
  26. 26. 3. Think ‘next action’, not ‘to do’http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidchicopham/3574355833/
  27. 27. 4. Say Nohttp://www.gptalkback.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/computer-says-no.jpg
  28. 28. Lean UX Principle: Routinize
  29. 29. 5. Decide on the Most Important Taskbefore you leave work each day
  30. 30. 6. Park on a downhill slopehttp://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b8/DunedinBaldwinStreet_Parked_Car.jpg
  31. 31. 7. Avoid e-mail for the first hour of every dayhttp://www.wccbournemouth.co.uk/images/email.jpg
  32. 32. Lean UX Principle: Externalise
  33. 33. 8. Use a pen and paper
  34. 34. 9. Mindmap the edges of the projecthttp://www.humorhound.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/darth-vader-brainstorm-death-star.jpg
  35. 35. 10. Two heads are better than onehttp://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb57886/muppet/images/d/d8/Tumblr-Two-HeadedMonster.png
  36. 36. 11. Set arbitrary, public deadlineshttp://www.flickr.com/photos/joelanman/366192378/
  37. 37. 1. What is the worst that could happen? 2. What would I do if the worst really happened? 3. How would I lessen the pain and get on with as much happiness as possible if the worst did occur? 4. What alternatives would I have? 5. What can I do now to lessen the probability of this dreaded event occurring? 6. Is there anything I can do now to increase my chances of achieving my goal?12. List your anxietiesFrom The Now Habit, p 99
  38. 38. Lean UX Principle: Go faster
  39. 39. 1. Choose a task to be accomplished2. Set a timer for 25 minutes3. Work on the task until the timer goes off4. Take a 5 minute break – go to the bathroom, look at The Facebook, etc5. Every 4 sprints take a longer break13. Work in 25-minute sprintshttp://www.pomodorotechnique.comhttp://www.focusboosterapp.com
  40. 40. 14. Create a ‘CC’ inbox
  41. 41. 15. Colour code your emails
  42. 42. Lean UX Principle: Good enough
  43. 43. 16. Do “shitty first drafts”http://www.orcutt.net/othercontent/sfds.pdf
  44. 44. 17. Consider only giving yourself a certainnumber of revisions
  45. 45. One final, very powerful tip
  46. 46. 18. Plan play, and celebrate successAda and Louise, Tonga 2011
  47. 47. Resources
  48. 48. Thanks! Trent Mankelow Optimal Workshopoptimalworkshop.com @optimalworkshop
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