A job shouldn't be your source of happiness or fulfillment, but it shouldn't make you upset or frustrated either.
We spend so much of our time (and lives!) working, which goes to show how easy it is for our jobs to become tangled and tied into our identities, which can be incredibly toxic to self esteem and self worth.
Wildly overused sayings like ‘find your passion’ are well-intended, but do a lot more harm than good. They imply that once you find what you love to do, working in that field will be easy.
When you can boil down your entire idea into one core hypothesis, you’re ready to start testing.
Do you know what problem you’re solving? Summarize it in one sentence. If you’re not solving a specific problem, then you’re just building something you want to build, not something that people want to be built. That’s arguably art, not design. Your hypothesis should be a one-sentence solution to whatever one-sentence problem you came up with.
Whose problem are you helping solve? Where is this person hanging out online? …
How to Get More Things Done by Using Todoist and Notion Together
I made a pretty unprecedented and sudden decision to completely overhaul my entire productivity system this week. Over the course of 4 hours, I categorized, re-ordered, and eliminated over 250 tasks and reorganized over 20 sectioned projects on my Todoist app into 3.
The catalyst was simple.
For the past 8 years, I have been using Todoist as my main application to track everything in my life. …
Once you’ve extended the life of your Figma Starter plan and can see your enterprise scaling beyond one team project (and needing a more robust collaboration for more than three team files), you may be starting to think about upgrading to a more powerful plan.
On the Figma website, we can see that there are some nice-to-haves on both plans.
90% of small teams who need just a slightly more robust sharing system and version control are probably going to be perfectly fine with the Professional plan. …
This is a long-standing debate, and plenty of other articles have written about this topic and the technical complexities of each program. However, I’ve been getting a lot of questions recently about switching UI design programs and which ones are best/easiest/most reliable to use, and wanted to throw my two cents into the ring with some developer-backed research.
Although Sketch has been long touted as the Mac-based powerhouse of UI design for years, Adobe XD and Figma have become equally viable options for designers around the world.
Of course, the one you choose depends on every design/dev team context and…
With the evolution of testing, there is an increasing discrepancy in job duties and obligations between manual and automation QA. As a manual QA, you are planning test suites, pairing with the development team to reproduce and log software defects, and crafting test cases to hit the expected (and unexpected) user paths in new features. As an automation QA, you are using tools and code to design, test, and deploy effective automation solutions and scripts in different test environments.
In my experience, it’s fairly difficult to context switch between manual and automation planning and testing. Not only is this difficult…
How to visualize the steps within your workflow to achieve a more productive planning process
As a freelancer or small business owner with many moving pieces in running a business — from accounting to client management, to the actual fulfillment jobs — it can be easy to let a hectic week slide by while simultaneously not feeling like you got anything accomplished. Or, you have some other time imbalance that takes up your to-do list and forces you to deprioritize things like family or friend time. …
When I was studying graphic design in college, there was always one thing required from every student at the end of the year — the process book. It was easy to tell which process books were scrapped together moments before the deadline. (Trust me, I tried once. My professors were not so impressed.)
It was in those developing years that I learned the importance and emphasis on process work as a way to help conceptualize patterns, relationships, and visual systems. Process made us diagnose the real design problems before we jumped into visual solutions.
Modern-day product designers encounter…
Running your own business is a lot of work, and it can be hard to step back and actually roadmap when you’re knee-deep in emails, projects, and tasks. However, the end of the year is a great time to take a moment to meditate on your business and or work practice. I personally have been making a list of what did and didn’t work for me in 2019, especially since this was the year I launched my visual design studio.
Instead of New Year’s Resolutions, I’ve created a checklist of solopreneur and entrepreneur ideas that you might be able to…
Well, we really just took part in two activities that neither one of us had experienced before (I taught Neo how to climb and he made me a traditional Chinese dinner) and we reflected upon them.
“Right hand up more — match your feet there. Now reach, reach, reach!” I said.
Neo grabbed the painted number 35 on the rock wall, then jumped down.
“I can’t believe I just did that. My fingers are going to be so sore tomorrow.”
“I feel like a proud mom right now.”
There are few sensations like teaching in the world, and even fewer…