The UX of Making Progress

By | September 26, 2008

I don’t think this applies to everyone, but it applies to me many times over.  When I feel like I can not make “progress” I get very stressed.  My mind doesn’t think as well, my body feels ill.  I generally have a short temper when I am in this state.  Progress is my minds digestion system.  It’s like being emotionally/intellectually constipated.

Some people (I have seen them, are perfectly content to just “do their job”.  Progress isn’t important.  It’s like walking on a treadmill.  They go through the motions and go to the meetings and try not to get in any trouble.  These people enjoy big companies.  I saw alot of them at Intuit.  In fact, they sometimes will be antagonistic to progress because it will disturb the status quo.  Progress changes things.

Right now, I am having trouble feeling like I am making progress.  My energy has been spread thin across many projects that slowly move forward but few “finish”.  I need to finish a few things to get back on track.  I wrote my presentation for AjaxExperience, but I am not convinced that it is “perfect”.  So it is not “finished”.  Thus, I am stressed.   Add in all the other projects in the same state and I am in a bay way.

Anyway like all things, this too shall pass.

3 thoughts on “The UX of Making Progress

  1. kt

    Just like Anette Benning’s character in Running with Scissors? Please don’t divorce me and have a relationship with a neighborhood house husband.

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  2. lux

    Heya Glen — take a look at “Getting Things Done”. I’m working my way through it and finding it’s useful in reducing my stress level about my out of control task list.

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  3. Jörn Zaefferer

    I think its pretty easy to get addicted to “making progress”. After a few good days, a few bads hurt much more than everything being average. I suspect that the good/bad result will still be much better then the average.

    Maybe whats lacking is time to think, as this Talk at Google puts it into much better words than I could: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHGcvj3JiGA (watched that on the plane today, slides have to much text, but overall very interesting)

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