When was the last time you took a risk?
I’ve taken a few risks lately … I submitted a talk proposal to a conference, I sent an email I’d been procrastinating about, and I’m changing a few big things in my business. And how could I forget, I’m running a marathon next weekend!
I spent almost 4 years living in Portland, Oregon at the beginning of my career. I was young and was fortunate to be hired by a big software company there, so I worked full time and finished school full time. It was a ton of work! But it was awesome to be getting real world experience while I was getting my degree.
Last week I was in Florida and my flight back was on a horrible travel day. Storms had closed Atlanta airport for a long time. This meant that my flight was overbooked and so the boarding process was quite competitive as everyone tried to get overhead bin space before it all filled up.
Welcome to the last day of Q1 2017! At the beginning of the year, I encouraged you to set monthly goals. It’s easy to get distracted when you have a big grand vision in mind. I know I easily get paralyzed by the big picture. I see the vision, but then I get overwhelmed with all the different paths I could take to get there.
Something’s been on my mind for a while …
Many people email and ask me on Twitter about whether or not they’ll ever like they “know their stuff” when it comes to their role as a designer.
One question I get asked all the time is, “how do I learn more about UX?” I feel like a broken record sometimes, but I’ll keep saying it … there are problems all around us!!
I’m back in NYC after spending some time out in Los Angeles. I got invited to go to a great business event and here’s the big lesson I took away from it …
Sometimes you need to slow down to speed up.
Here’s my big tip of the week … if you want to learn about UX then create your own product.
Yes, I know many of you work on other people’s products — maybe you’re at a big company or, maybe you’re at an emerging startup. And yes, I’m sure you put a lot of careful thought into what you do. But I honestly believe it’s totally different when you are working on your product.
Congrats on making it through the first month of the year. I find it’s always challenging getting back into the rhythm of work. Everyone is so ambitious at the beginning of the year. The risk with this ambition is that everyone gets excited by the big picture, but fails to execute on the things that actually matter.