or how working in the Software Development Industry as a UX Designer changed the way I undertake New Year’s Resolutions
We are arriving fast to that time of the year where we reflect about what we’ve done for the last 365 days of our lives. While reflecting on what we have accomplished is a good practice, taking into consideration what we didn’t accomplish and why, is better and may appeal to your problem-solving personality.
We shape our buildings and then our buildings shape us. – W. Churchill.
I started my career as an User Experience (UX) Designer back in the mid-2000s, taking several design decisions every single working day of my life, and that’s why, as much as I try to embed my profession with my own style and personality, I think that UX Design has influenced me as much during the past decade, influencing my daily activities inside and outside work.
We have a nice tradition on Mexico in New Year’s Eve that involves eating 12 grapes while the New Year’s bells are ringing, and with each grape you state a Resolution (my math tells me that this allows for roughly 12 resolutions).
The years went by, and I noticed that my resolutions remained similar year after year: Go to the gym, lose weight, save more, be kinder to people, travel more, etc. But essentially I didn’t accomplish any in a meaningful way, or at least I couldn’t measure their impact in my life.
Working in the Software Development (SD) Industry, specifically in the UX Design has taught me a number of work resources to organize and prioritize software updates and the measure the impact that User Centered Design processes has in software. These same resources are quite handy outside the SD world, like learning how to define User Pain Points, Goals and Problem Statements and how to prioritize work into Potential Shippable Increments (PSI) to get a Minimum Viable Product (MVP). And hopefully after reading this, you’ll get a feeling on how you can use these tools to craft batter New Year’s Resolutions.
If your resolutions look like the ones I mentioned above, the intent of the resolutions could be assumed, but relies however, on the context that the resolution is written, if the context changes the original purpose of the resolution gets easily obfuscated; not to mention that it doesn’t allow us to evaluate success.
|Traditional Resolutions Set|
|The UX Designer’s Resolutions Set|
|I.||Lose Weight||Lose 0.25kg weekly so that I avoid the risk of developing diabetes or cardiovascular diseases.|
|II.||Save Money||Save $50 weekly so that I can buy the camera I need to become an acclaimed photographer.|