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Designing Career Stickers for Future Tech Women

August 19, 2014
Designing, Visual Arts No Comments

At last year’s Barcamp Manchester, some friends of mine started Future Tech Women (FTW), a group of women and men that support the idea of more women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) fields. I love to see empowerment of this sort happen, and so I’ve been attending their meetings occasionally and learning more about

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The Productivity of Themed Work Weeks: Week 5 Assessment

It’s time for a quick update for Week 5 of Themed Work Weeks. This week is devoted to my major client project with Inquirium, building an interactive animated web application to facilitate science education in young children for a research group at UCLA. Overall? It’s been good, but I’m starting to wonder if I am

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2014 Resolutions Review 06: Unusually Productive!

I’m reviewing my year’s goals once again, as I do every month as part of Groundhog Day Resolutions. This month has been a DOOZY, packed with new processes and data-driven insights, which has culminated in a feeling of…balance? It’s probably too good to be true, but something seems to be working. Last Month’s Goal Setting

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Migration Complete: New Website

August 8, 2014
Blogging 8 Comments

At long last, the new website is finally up! The new website template, which is based on one I bought off one of those WordPress theme sites, is modern, responsive and has a cool drag-and-drop content interface that actually doesn’t suck, so I’m looking forward to being able to build some more interesting HTML-based resources.

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Themed Work Weeks: The 21-Day Summary

It’s been 10 days since I last posted an update for the Themed Work Week experiment, which tests the hypothesis that I can be more “sustainably productive” by focusing on a single main project per week instead of “three tasks from three projects” every day. After 21 days, I’ve gone through three different project theme

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Eureka! Impulsivity and Procrastination

I’m in the middle of my second experimental Themed Work Week, and I think I’ve discovered what I needed to know. It really comes down to addressing the difficulty in starting and its broader context. An article from The New Yorker kicks off the thread of reasoning. Dissecting Procrastination I’ve been beating my head against

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Setting the Tone for Themed Week #2

[Note: This was originally intended to post on Monday, but I goofed up the publishing date] This is the second of two morning posts about setting the tone for Themed Work Week #2. The idea behind a “themed work week” is to focus on just one major project (which has many moving parts) at a

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Super Social Weekend

July 21, 2014
Personal #WILDSTAR 5 Comments

This is 1 of 2 posts for the morning, starting with a quick review of the weekend. The next post will be about setting the tone for Week #2 of the “Themed Work Week” experiment. Social Simulation I spent nearly the entire weekend, from 10PM on Friday evening to 1AM on Sunday night, socializing online

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The Last Push of the Week: Evening Summary

It’s 9PM on Friday evening, officially the end of my first themed work week, which is an experiment to explore this question: If I focused on one main project for the week INSTEAD of for the day, would I be any more productive, or would I just be giving myself a lot of room to

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There’s Clarity, then there’s REALITY

You know those moments of wondrous clarity, when you see “The Grand Dream” so clearly before you? It beckons enticingly, and you know in your heart that it will be wonderful. It just will take some dedication and work to get there. You even know that the effort required can be applied in small steps,

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The Last Push of the Week: Morning Reflection

It’s the last morning of my first themed work week experiment. For those just tuning it, the idea is this: In the past I tried to have theme DAYS, which had a major client or project assigned as the main focus. I suspect that given the kinds of projects I do, a day isn’t nearly

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Progress Report 1: Themed Work Weeks versus Themed Work Days

I start today’s writing while I’m waiting at the garage for my 14 year-old car’s 160K service, deciding to stay in their lounge because if I took the shuttle home, I would have immediately fallen asleep. I’m working on about 3 hours of sleep, and I want to stay awake as long as possible. The

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