Angela May

Exploring Product Design

January 2016

Kicking off 2016

Okay, well it’s almost February, but the end of the year was a bit of a whirlwind of deadlines, contracts exploding, distractions… the usual.

I need to look ahead and get back on some these good habits that I established in (but dropped towards the end of) 2015. Just because I’ve fallen a bit behind doesn’t mean that effort was wasted, if anything it showed that it was working and it’s a viable tactic. This means, of course, regular weekly Pro-D and daily art practice.

With regards to art, as an aside, I have been keeping up with daily drawing. I don’t know if seasonal affective disorder is “a real thing” but I do know that it’s much, much harder for me to get up in the winters, and so it’s been a struggle to get myself going and carve out the time in the mornings that is usually dedicated to art. I don’t know how hard I ought to be on myself for this, or if I should just try to eke out a little more art time every day as the days get longer. DST will end in March and hopefully by then I’ll be in a different situation. A lot needs to happen between now and then.

For my professional self, I must admit that learning programming has been a struggle. I’ve been wading through these udemy courses but minor setbacks (like a conflict in some kind of program version or installation) are hurdles that really knock me off my game. I don’t have the confidence to troubleshoot myself through the process and it’s frustrating. I ought to just skip the lessons and move on, but I know that this type of “troubleshooting” is a key component to becoming successful as a programmer.

I’ve generated a huge list of things that I can do and I think that every time I look at it I feel daunted. So today I’ve taken the time to clean it up and re-prioritize, focusing myself only on the next step that I’m trying to do. I’m still excited to learn data visualization, I still think that it’s a good course to set myself towards, even if there are a lot of hurdles in the way. I just need to remember that baby steps are still steps, and the key is to keep going. Knock the barriers down one by one and stay focused.  Don’t beat yourself up too much, you’ve got a lot going on! It’s so funny how ending Wasted Talent is going to be one of the biggest breakthroughs on this course, but there’s still so far to go before I can achieve that. It’s strange how all of these are more related than I give them credit for, but I do have to be real with myself – I’m only one person.

Alright there we go

A bit easier to focus on :)

This year’s theme is “intentional design”. I will endeavor to put more forethought and care into everything I do this year, even if it means producing less. I want to produce the right things at the best quality.

Posted: January 29th, 2016
Categories: Journal
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