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    18 Tips to Avoid Procrastination (the Lean UX Way) 18 Tips to Avoid Procrastination (the Lean UX Way) Presentation Transcript

    • 18 Tips to Avoid Procrastination (the LeanUX Way) Trent Mankelow, @optimalworkshop http://www.flickr.com/photos/jesse757/3094868007/sizes/l/in/photostream/
    • Why talk aboutProcrastination? Two reasons, really
    • Procrastination impacts knowledge workershttp://2.bp.blogspot.com/-YhyEAomLWCA/TqdGbZy4c2I/AAAAAAAAOD0/m9dxqs5JgRM/s1600/OfficeSpace_022Pyxurz.jpg
    • 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 more organized and productive.http://wiki.43folders.com/index.php/Productivity_pr0n
    • 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/research-paper-vs-internet-comic.jpg
    • 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-6886-1327341418-52.jpg
    • 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+Diving+3+copy.jpg
    • 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.jpg
    • 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 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
    • 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 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
    • 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