Throughout seven seasons of the TV series The West Wing, we hear President Jed Bartlet repeatedly ask his White House staff, “What’s next?”¶Bartlet explains his catchphrase’s intent in the second episode of season two, during a flashback to the campaign trail. Bartlet and his team are discussing strategies for securing his nomination for the presidency. When a character belabors a proposal, Bartlet counters: “I understood the point.... When I ask ‘What’s next?’ it means I’m ready to move on to other things. So, what’s next?”
s/figure skater/software engineer. Node/JS Dev @dramafever. Panelist on JSJabber. Runner.
I have an autoimmune disease. When it flares, my joints swell. I can’t walk or sleep. Team meetings and other work are postponed. My partner is saddled with making our food and caring for our chickens and rabbits.
Director of Project Strategy @webmeadow. Maybe savoring a cup of oolong right now.
"Scrummy!"¶Last new year, I found myself at home watching The Great British Bake Off (or The Great British Baking Show, as it's known in the US). I had a lot of work to do. But after a busy year, I was exhausted. New book. New baby. Both were doing well.
Author of The User's Journey: Storymapping Products That People Love. I teach teams how to build better products by building better stories.
When I was a kid, my Dad used to scold me for wasting time and for not “being productive.” During the summer, I had to figure out how to keep myself busy. At one point, my Dad made me write a daily 2 page essay since whatever it was I was doing was deemed “bad” from his point of view.
Nica is a Creative Director changing the world one website at a time...when not getting dirty on her bike.
08 Oct 2017
I research productivity tools when I procrastinate.¶It's a compulsion. In the moments where I should be sitting down, highly focused, in so-called flow, I'm typing nonsense like "iOS productivity apps" or "best Markdown editor" into Google. For hours. I read the lists provided by the search engine like a catechism - in a low whisper, feverishly - searching for a productivity miracle.
Speaker, writer, developer. Hostess with the mostest, @snackoverflowfm
I'll be honest, being productive on a daily basis is tough. Productivity in the modern age, with the amount of daily "noise" we're surrounded with, is a challenge. I often feel pulled and pushed in one direction or another—obligated to be socially engaged; bound to a relentless and, sometimes tyrannical inbox; inundated by endless customer service requests. The list goes on.
Procrastination – a fancy word for laziness or something far more complex than that? Scientists have different opinions on the subject, but they all agree: if you want to beat it, it’s going to take some work.
05 Oct 2017
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you sat down to do an important task only to realize then that your clothes needed ironing? Or that your digital music collection was in need of some serious reorganizing? And then there’s this fascinating documentary on bird migration on YouTube that you just can’t put off watching any longer. And since you’ll be watching a video might as well go ahead and make something to eat to go with it, right?
04 Oct 2017
Recently, while doing research for a client project, I came across an article in The Economist titled (not even kidding): Over 30 and over the hill. The premise of the article is that productivity peaks at age 35 and then plummets because mental ability declines with age. Actual quote:
Architecting information and crafting content since 1993. Answers when spoken to @MelissaRach