Have you ever heard about the entrepreneurial rollercoaster? Doesn’t matter if you’re just starting your journey or years along the way, it is the bane of the entrepreneur’s existence.
The highs are very high and the lows just feel like the end of the world. Every time. The bad news is that there is no way around it. The good news is that we can control it to some extent.
Have you ever had a very busy day or week at which’s end you feel like you got absolutely nothing done? Of course you have.
Just a couple of days ago I was sitting still through a guided meditation when the pre-recorded female voice said something that struck a nerve:
The daily rush against the clock provides the illusion that the more we do and the more we accomplish is what drives our success. This is a misinformed and counterintuitive belief.
Last week I left about 10-12 calls unanswered on my phone, and I never called back. If by misfortune this was you, you probably got an email back from me instead and I apologize for not taking your call.
What to Do When Blogging Takes Ages and Ads No Longer Work
Love this idea.
We still haven’t realized of something extraordinary that is happening.
Go read this on Medium, love it.
Recently I published a piece on the Ideaware blog called Good design is as little design as possible, it has turned into one of our all-star posts.
So I’ve been thinking about how this affects us as UI/UX designers and how the best players in the field do their work. Usually as designers we tackle multiple projects at once and have a lot on our plates. Turns out that either on purpose or not we tend to do the least amount of work necessary to achieve a design or experience goal. In a sense we become lazy by optimizing.
A lazy designer:
Doesn’t over design
Designs with whitespace in mind
Keeps a goal checklist for each feature, crosses items off quickly
There’s a difference between doing your best work and using your best work.
Every blank canvas is a new opportunity to do our best work ever. But should we spend copious amounts of time to build the next big interface when the project doesn’t even call for it? I have yet to find a single project with unlimited time and budget to allow for this.
The best designers just re-use their all-star ideas. You bring them to the table when creating something new, and before you know it you are already innovating. Use that in your next project and this my designer friends, is how you both turn lazy and become a better designer.
‘Getting through it’ destroys our ability to see what’s really going on. The truth is, that instead of going through our weekend and grinding it out, looking for our break, our shot – we can try to be a break for someone else.
Today’s recommended read on Dumblittleman: Stop Focusing on Success and Focus on Making an Impact
Found this gem today on Quora: What are the roles of a UX Engineer?
But who or what is a UX Engineer? Apparently the love child of a a UX Designer and a Software Developer.
Look, I get it. Aside from entrepreneur, I’m a designer and developer but in no way I think it’s right for a startup to cheap out and overwork someone with a fancy new title.
I’ve been seeing more and more of these job posts around, and the descriptions are just crazy:
What the hell?
Three entrepreneurs share their wisdom on how to build mobile apps without experience, from hiring the right talent to creating the perfect prototype.
Some advice from yours truly on the Proto.io blog.
Paul Graham is a renowned programmer and wildly successful venture capitalist. He also happens to be a talented writer.
This is some great advice.