56 posts tagged working well

Conventional Wisdom

This quote is a bit of an offshoot on the main topic of Matt’s article—Conventional Wisdom with regard to purchasing computers—but it’s a great point worth recognizing. I go through phases where I feel like I have to be at a computer to be productive too, but some of my best thinking leading to some of best work has been done by taking a pen to paper, or going for a run, or finding a new, non-computing environment. Conversely, I’ve wasted a lot of time in front of a computer, “trying” to work.

The UX Design Education Scam

Andy’s whole article is interesting. I agree with a lot of it. I’d go further and say that a lot of the problems aren’t unique to design, but apply to all of higher education in our evolving economy. You’d be silly not to hire the right person as opposed to the person with the “right” education.

Brad Feld Goes Off the Grid

Brad gave one of my favorite talks at TEDx Boulder. If you’ve got 8 minutes to spare, go watch it. I love the concept of “going off the grid” regularly (though, I’ll admit I suck at making it happen).

My dad has a different version. He takes the 5th week of a 5-week month (there are only a few each year) and uses it for anything from vacation to a personal project he’s been putting off

It’s no wonder they don’t trust us

I think setting expectations, clarity, straightforwardness, consistency, and simply being who you are as a company or person make up the biggest business opportunity in any industry right now. It feels like a new thing, but really that’s always been the case. We just got lost somewhere along the way…

(via Ahrengot)

The Collapse of Complex Business Models

I’ve posted a quote from this article before, but I’d recently re-read it and it’s always interesting which little pieces come out top-of-mind a second time through.

Coxsackie-Athens Valedictorian Speech 2010

Not sure how I came across this in the first place, but it’s a fascinating valedictorian speech that should cause you to question not just our educational system, but the traditional work structure that follows it. Good stuff.

How to Lose Time and Money

Cue the list of “busy-work”. It’s easy to avoid real work, most of us do it all day long. In a sense, I’m doing it right now, posting this to my blog. It’s not that you have to be productive 100% of the time, but to be aware of when you’re deceiving yourself—thinking you’re working when you’re really not.

Productivity Guaranteed

True words. Ironically, if I hadn’t been wasting some time on Twitter, I wouldn’t have seen this post.

The swingset manifesto

Running (literal and emotional) from thing to thing is a sign of disorganized frenzy. If you’re constantly running from engagement to engagement, you’re not living life on your terms.

One of my own personal, related, manifestos: I don’t run for public transportation. Heck, I actually avoid learning the schedule. I don’t want to be seen as that guy running after a bus or worrying about why the train is “late”. It’s something I just can’t control and doing so adds more angst than the benefit I receive by trying to worry.


Conversely, it’s sometimes helpful to take a step back and ask yourself which rules have become constraints. They’re probably the rules that need to be changed, addressed, or themselves optimized.