I often ask myself those two simple questions to make my work more fun and productive. If you first relax and then ponder them for a while, you will find yourself reenergized with new possibilites. I know. We techies don’t usually do that. Try it. I’m sure that after thinking about it for a while you will find a lot more fun and energy in your work.
Why do you like doing your work?
How does it impact the lives of people that use it every day?
Don’t be afraid to go deeper. Get more general. Expand the context.
It’s easy to say that you’re just working with a data or a system. It’s also very boring. Each piece of data has a meaning and every system is a tool. Define it in your own terms, find a new possibilites.
You will discover all those small details that you can improve. Little things that makes huge difference.
Sometimes it’s as small as choosing just the right color in the right place. Looking at a data from a diffrent perspective. Discovering that you can make something easier to understand.
I just love the whole process of creating something. Figuring out how to put pieces together. Learning and discovering problems and solutions.
I like the other part too. Getting to know my users. Learning how do they work and how can I make it easier.
If you understand your work a little bit more every day, you will make it more valuable to YOU and to others.
Leave me a comment below and tell me why do you enjoy doing the work and how is it useful for others?