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  1. 1. 18 Tips to Avoid Procrastination (the LeanUX Way) Trent Mankelow, @optimalworkshop http://www.flickr.com/photos/jesse757/3094868007/sizes/l/in/photostream/
  2. 2. Why talk about Procrastination? Two reasons, really
  3. 3. Procrastination impacts knowledge workers http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-YhyEAomLWCA/TqdGbZy4c2I/AAAAAAAAOD0/m9dxqs5JgRM/s1600/OfficeSpace_022Pyxurz.jpg
  4. 4. LeanUX principles can help! http://luxr.co/lean-ux/10-principles-for-lean-ux/
  5. 5. Why talk about Procrastination? Two reasons, really
  6. 6. Productivity pr0n (a/k/a "Productivity porn") is a superclass of materials and methods for theoretically becoming more organized and productive. http://wiki.43folders.com/index.php/Productivity_pr0n
  7. 7. My talk Productivity Lean UX porn
  8. 8. What is Procrastination?
  9. 9. The act of postponing or delaying an action needlessly http://oyster.ignimgs.com/wordpress/www.ign.com/17367/2011/04/research-paper-vs-internet-comic.jpg
  10. 10. Why do we procrastinate?
  11. 11. Because we are afraid of failure http://jeremywaite.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/fail444456.jpg
  12. 12. Because we are afraid of being imperfect http://img2.etsystatic.com/000/0/5677449/il_fullxfull.340295286.jpg
  13. 13. Because we are overwhelmed http://www.weblogcartoons.com/
  14. 14. Why does it matter?
  15. 15. It can affect your health http://www.berwick.monash.edu.au/vce-revision-lecture.jpg
  16. 16. The quality of your work may suffer http://s3-ec.buzzfed.com/static/enhanced/web04/2012/1/23/12/enhanced-buzz-6886-1327341418-52.jpg
  17. 17. It can make it hard for others on the team http://files.redux.com/images/68b1309581015fd82b8bc36a59155772/raw
  18. 18. You may miss deadlines http://lightshowmedia.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/dinasours-miss-deadline.jpg?w=570
  19. 19. Is procrastination always bad?
  20. 20. Some people live for the rush http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-mWhkAgYuIUc/ThceMJ7b9YI/AAAAAAAAAhQ/y-sNizvWzz0/s1600/NZone+Sky+Diving+3+copy.jpg
  21. 21. Sometimes procrastination = percolation
  22. 22. 18 tips
  23. 23. Lean UX Principle: Goal-driven and outcome focussed
  24. 24. 1. Identify your three key outcomes each day, week, month, and year http://www.gettingresults.com
  25. 25. 2. Do a weekly review https://secure.davidco.com/store/catalog/GTD-WEEKLY-REVIEW-p-16165.php
  26. 26. 3. Think ‘next action’, not ‘to do’ http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidchicopham/3574355833/
  27. 27. 4. Say No http://www.gptalkback.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/computer-says-no.jpg
  28. 28. Lean UX Principle: Routinize
  29. 29. 5. Decide on the Most Important Task before you leave work each day
  30. 30. 6. Park on a downhill slope http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b8/DunedinBaldwinStreet_Parked_Car.jpg
  31. 31. 7. Avoid e-mail for the first hour of every day http://www.wccbournemouth.co.uk/images/email.jpg
  32. 32. Lean UX Principle: Externalise
  33. 33. 8. Use a pen and paper
  34. 34. 9. Mindmap the edges of the project http://www.humorhound.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/darth-vader-brainstorm-death-star.jpg
  35. 35. 10. Two heads are better than one http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb57886/muppet/images/d/d8/Tumblr-Two-HeadedMonster.png
  36. 36. 11. Set arbitrary, public deadlines http://www.flickr.com/photos/joelanman/366192378/
  37. 37. 1. What is the worst that could happen? 2. What would I do if the worst really happened? 3. How would I lessen the pain and get on with as much happiness as possible if the worst did occur? 4. What alternatives would I have? 5. What can I do now to lessen the probability of this dreaded event occurring? 6. Is there anything I can do now to increase my chances of achieving my goal? 12. List your anxieties From The Now Habit, p 99
  38. 38. Lean UX Principle: Go faster
  39. 39. 1. Choose a task to be accomplished 2. Set a timer for 25 minutes 3. Work on the task until the timer goes off 4. Take a 5 minute break – go to the bathroom, look at The Facebook, etc 5. Every 4 sprints take a longer break 13. Work in 25-minute sprints http://www.pomodorotechnique.com http://www.focusboosterapp.com
  40. 40. 14. Create a ‘CC’ inbox
  41. 41. 15. Colour code your emails
  42. 42. Lean UX Principle: Good enough
  43. 43. 16. Do “shitty first drafts” http://www.orcutt.net/othercontent/sfds.pdf
  44. 44. 17. Consider only giving yourself a certain number of revisions
  45. 45. One final, very powerful tip
  46. 46. 18. Plan play, and celebrate success Ada and Louise, Tonga 2011
  47. 47. Resources
  48. 48. Thanks! Trent Mankelow Optimal Workshop optimalworkshop.com @optimalworkshop

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  1. 1. 18 Tips to Avoid Procrastination (the LeanUX Way) Trent Mankelow, @optimalworkshop http://www.flickr.com/photos/jesse757/3094868007/sizes/l/in/photostream/
  2. 2. Why talk about Procrastination? Two reasons, really
  3. 3. Procrastination impacts knowledge workers http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-YhyEAomLWCA/TqdGbZy4c2I/AAAAAAAAOD0/m9dxqs5JgRM/s1600/OfficeSpace_022Pyxurz.jpg
  4. 4. LeanUX principles can help! http://luxr.co/lean-ux/10-principles-for-lean-ux/
  5. 5. Why talk about Procrastination? Two reasons, really
  6. 6. Productivity pr0n (a/k/a "Productivity porn") is a superclass of materials and methods for theoretically becoming more organized and productive. http://wiki.43folders.com/index.php/Productivity_pr0n
  7. 7. My talk Productivity Lean UX porn
  8. 8. What is Procrastination?
  9. 9. The act of postponing or delaying an action needlessly http://oyster.ignimgs.com/wordpress/www.ign.com/17367/2011/04/research-paper-vs-internet-comic.jpg
  10. 10. Why do we procrastinate?
  11. 11. Because we are afraid of failure http://jeremywaite.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/fail444456.jpg
  12. 12. Because we are afraid of being imperfect http://img2.etsystatic.com/000/0/5677449/il_fullxfull.340295286.jpg
  13. 13. Because we are overwhelmed http://www.weblogcartoons.com/
  14. 14. Why does it matter?
  15. 15. It can affect your health http://www.berwick.monash.edu.au/vce-revision-lecture.jpg
  16. 16. The quality of your work may suffer http://s3-ec.buzzfed.com/static/enhanced/web04/2012/1/23/12/enhanced-buzz-6886-1327341418-52.jpg
  17. 17. It can make it hard for others on the team http://files.redux.com/images/68b1309581015fd82b8bc36a59155772/raw
  18. 18. You may miss deadlines http://lightshowmedia.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/dinasours-miss-deadline.jpg?w=570
  19. 19. Is procrastination always bad?
  20. 20. Some people live for the rush http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-mWhkAgYuIUc/ThceMJ7b9YI/AAAAAAAAAhQ/y-sNizvWzz0/s1600/NZone+Sky+Diving+3+copy.jpg
  21. 21. Sometimes procrastination = percolation
  22. 22. 18 tips
  23. 23. Lean UX Principle: Goal-driven and outcome focussed
  24. 24. 1. Identify your three key outcomes each day, week, month, and year http://www.gettingresults.com
  25. 25. 2. Do a weekly review https://secure.davidco.com/store/catalog/GTD-WEEKLY-REVIEW-p-16165.php
  26. 26. 3. Think ‘next action’, not ‘to do’ http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidchicopham/3574355833/
  27. 27. 4. Say No http://www.gptalkback.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/computer-says-no.jpg
  28. 28. Lean UX Principle: Routinize
  29. 29. 5. Decide on the Most Important Task before you leave work each day
  30. 30. 6. Park on a downhill slope http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b8/DunedinBaldwinStreet_Parked_Car.jpg
  31. 31. 7. Avoid e-mail for the first hour of every day http://www.wccbournemouth.co.uk/images/email.jpg
  32. 32. Lean UX Principle: Externalise
  33. 33. 8. Use a pen and paper
  34. 34. 9. Mindmap the edges of the project http://www.humorhound.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/darth-vader-brainstorm-death-star.jpg
  35. 35. 10. Two heads are better than one http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb57886/muppet/images/d/d8/Tumblr-Two-HeadedMonster.png
  36. 36. 11. Set arbitrary, public deadlines http://www.flickr.com/photos/joelanman/366192378/
  37. 37. 1. What is the worst that could happen? 2. What would I do if the worst really happened? 3. How would I lessen the pain and get on with as much happiness as possible if the worst did occur? 4. What alternatives would I have? 5. What can I do now to lessen the probability of this dreaded event occurring? 6. Is there anything I can do now to increase my chances of achieving my goal? 12. List your anxieties From The Now Habit, p 99
  38. 38. Lean UX Principle: Go faster
  39. 39. 1. Choose a task to be accomplished 2. Set a timer for 25 minutes 3. Work on the task until the timer goes off 4. Take a 5 minute break – go to the bathroom, look at The Facebook, etc 5. Every 4 sprints take a longer break 13. Work in 25-minute sprints http://www.pomodorotechnique.com http://www.focusboosterapp.com
  40. 40. 14. Create a ‘CC’ inbox
  41. 41. 15. Colour code your emails
  42. 42. Lean UX Principle: Good enough
  43. 43. 16. Do “shitty first drafts” http://www.orcutt.net/othercontent/sfds.pdf
  44. 44. 17. Consider only giving yourself a certain number of revisions
  45. 45. One final, very powerful tip
  46. 46. 18. Plan play, and celebrate success Ada and Louise, Tonga 2011
  47. 47. Resources
  48. 48. Thanks! Trent Mankelow Optimal Workshop optimalworkshop.com @optimalworkshop

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