I’m changing this around a bit
Hi! You probably signed up for this little email list when I was calling it Desq Tips. You also probably haven’t seen any tips for a few weeks. That’s because I haven’t put any out. I was struggling.
It wasn’t even the writing, really. I’ve been in a bit of a slump, but I still have a few tips ready to go. I already think a lot about workspace set up, so it’s natural for me to write about it. But I couldn’t shake the feeling that there was something deeper to the idea than just talking about neat desk accessories.
Then, I talked to my partner about it. They helped me come up with a much better concept: Designed to Work.
What’s Designed to Work?
Fundamentally I’m not changing the formula all that much. I still want to publish short but insightful tips about working better.
What is changing is the scope. As this pandemic drags on, I’ve had a lot of time to think about “work”. My partner was recently diagnosed with ADHD, we both suffer from some repetitive stress injuries, and we’re both untangling ourselves from very toxic work environments. The last few months especially have been a lot of reflection and learning.
Modern work assumes everyone is this platonic ideal of a worker, perfectly able to mentally and physically complete tasks. Anything else is chalked up to laziness.
It’s a system that is completely out of touch with the reality of modern workers. With us. Even abled, neurotypical people buckle under the weight of that ideal, and any neurodiverse or disabled people simply don’t compute.
It’s a system that could be designed better. And I want to talk about how. Hence, Designed to Work.
I’ll be welcoming some collaborators to this little project including my partner, so it’s not just a one person show anymore. But I think that’s for the best. I want this to be a real resource, and I don’t think it would be responsible of me to try to do that all on my own.
With that said, if this idea strikes a cord with you, let me know! I’d love to hear ways you’ve managed to succeed in modern work culture, especially if you belong to any kind of marginalized group.
A tip you can use — Body Doubling
I wouldn’t just send an email without including a tip for you!
I was reading Julian Shapiro (a pretty big name amongst marketing Twitter) talk about how one of his favorite methods of getting things done is sync sessions.