Don’t feel bad about taking a break to reset and recharge. It’s been proven that breaks will actually make you more productive.
I certainly struggle with attempts to go paperless. I am getting better. Slowly. But there is a case for paper.
So did that last brainstorming session you were in that was meant to generate a hundred ideas deliver? If not, here’s why:
If you find yourself unable to think in your open plan office you may be interested in reading this New York Times article The Rise of the New Group Think that argues the case for private space to be productive and creative.
OK so this might start sounding like an advertorial real quick. I organised a 28 Degrees Master Card to use as my travel money card after reading Choice Magazine’s 2012 awards. Seems like they want to retain that customer mantle. My last email from them included a message that they will illuminate the consequences of only paying minimal monthly repayments on credit card balances.
Facebook, may I ask you to change one word in your user interface if I may?
“Being sedentary for nine hours a day at the office is bad for your health whether you go home and watch television afterwards or hit the gym. It is bad whether you are morbidly obese or marathon-runner thin. It appears that what is critical and maybe even more important than going to the gym, is breaking up that sitting time.”
If you occasionally find yourself busy at work with lots of tasks but feel you are getting nothing done try thinking of your day as a jar with … pickles in it. Even though this article mixes its metaphors (it talks about pickles then goes on to talk about “big rocks”) it offers a really interesting technique to visualise your work day, in this case as a jar, and prioritize your day, by filling it with the biggest tasks first. Email can wait.
Sylvia Pennington reports on the characteristics of the perfect boss. How does your boss stack up? Or if you’re the boss how do you stack up? The cheat sheet list is:
Clem Bastow writes a lot about women’s issues. In this piece from August 2012 she reflects on the name calling attributing to woman that perhaps is not bestowed on men displaying the same attributes. Food for thought.
The first Australian CXPA meet-up in Sydney (16/4/2013) was a breakfast session at Atlassian HQ with Cyrus Allen of Strativity as the MC. The special guest via a Google Hangout was CXPA and Temkin Group founder Bruce Temkin. He is also the creator of Forrester’s Customer Experience Index and Voice of Customer Award.
Time and again I see requirements mixed with specifications. The rule of thumb taught to designers is that requirements shouldn’t specify or suggest the solution.