Digging this essay by Paul Jarvis on defining what is enough. Not just himself, but also understanding that enough is different for different people. We shouldn’t judge others on what their enough is, but we should also be working towards what our enough is and recognizing when we’ve gone over that.
It’s up to us to be mindful about where we are personally, and either work towards or optimize for what our own enough actually is.
Using Jobs-to-be-Done to organize my closet
This weekend I wanted to clean out my closet to better organize and get rid of pieces that I no longer wear or need. This started out as it usually does with me filtering out clothes folding and putting others back. This time I found myself staring at my shelf of tees. They’re the first things that I look at when looking into my closet, and I thought they would be the most obvious place to pair down.
As I looked at them, I realized that while I had a lot of them, they did many different things. Some were for working out, some were pajamas, and some were my day-in-day-out solid color tees. Then my designer brain kicked in; these are Jobs-to-be-Done. Why am I grouping them together by their category, tee shirts, and not the jobs that they do?
I moved my pajama tees with my sweat pants, my workout shirts with my workout shorts, and moved my jeans up next to my casual tees. And there you have it. Now my closet is organized by Jobs and not their category.
Now, I know what you’re thinking, and yes, this was super nerdy.
The Writing Habit
I had a pretty good string of blog posts that lasted until halfway through the year last year. Reflecting on the year, I was thinking about what made me stop writing. My initial assumption was that I was doing a lot more writing internally for thoughtbot, and that fulfilled my writing requirement. Reading through Atomic Habits, I believe it’s because I let the habit of writing slip. I missed one post and then another and then another. It’s challenging to pick habits back up when that happens.
I’ve thought through and documented the habits that I’d like to create throughout the year in 2020. Of course, one of those habits is writing again on this site so that reflection will help me not repeat the same mistakes. Using some of the recommendations in Atomic Habits, I hope that I’m able to keep many of them much more consistent than last year. Based on some of the suggestions from James Clear, I’m setting a more specific time and space when I hope to build the habit, starting small, and pairing it with my morning coffee to help me achieve that goal. I’m doing the same thing with other practices that have eluded me like meditating consistently and journaling.
Context Switching and Tension Headaches
The last couple of weeks have been jam-packed for me. I had several back to back meetings throughout the week and didn’t have a full day with less than three meetings. Having no breaks throughout the day makes it impossible for me to do any work outside those meetings, and it makes it impossible to do any focused work. As an introvert, this kind of work burns me out fast, and the only way to recover is to have time burning off stress running or alone deep in a book or drawing.
These weeks I’ve come home with a tension headache. At least that’s how I’ve prescribed it. They feel like someone is pushing in on my temples and creates pain across my forehead. They last throughout the evening only to be tempered down by a long run or a tough workout.
Starting next week, I’m trying something new; I’m blocking off Tuesdays and Thursdays to get in some focused work. I’ll force the time to have some time by myself to work on design work, leadership work, or marketing work. I’m hoping that balancing out my week will leave me a little less exhausted at the end of the week and not use the weekend as a recovery from the week.
Design is supposed to fix the world, not break it. Yet some of us, possibly even most of us, work on products and at companies we feel conflicted about.
From You got this. by Jeffery Zeldman