Cancel noncritical meetings and see how much you can accomplish

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A hand holds up a magnifying glass to bring a lush, green landscape into focus.
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After more than a year of the global pandemic, many are feeling burnt out and overextended. Balancing work, care giving, and family can be exhausting, and it can threaten an already perilous work-life balance. The shift to remote work often entails additional meetings, since quick updates and conversations now need to be formally scheduled. As week after week fills up with meetings, it can decrease concentration, deep thinking, and productivity.

To combat these challenges, our cross-functional team (Product, Engineering, Design, Research, Analytics, and QA) decided to test out “Focus Week” — where we cancelled all noncritical meetings. …


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Diversification is key, and we can all benefit from publishing across an array of platforms and publications to gain exposure, prestige, and a more diverse following. Check out these paid writing opportunities, and see which ones may be the best fit for you.

Arts, culture, and lifestyle focused publications


Building trust and rapport are key as we invite others to share, yet we must remain vigilant and combat confirmation bias

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A woman facing forward reaches her arm back, guiding her companion to a viewpoint of the vast city in front of them.
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Trust, empathy, relationship building, and information gathering are all part of a good user research session. They’re also the cornerstones of a good con. As I watched Made You Look: A True Story About Fake Art, a documentary on Netflix about the largest art fraud in American history, I was struck by the parallels between user researchers and con artists. While their goals and outcomes are very different, they rely on similar skill sets.

Building trust and rapport is essential to honest conversations

Good con artists identify and study their victims, learning who they are, what motivates them, and what they want. Con artists need to build an emotional…


How one group of entrepreneurs earned over eight times the average revenue of their peers with a simple scientific mindset shift

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A group of five women sit and stand around a table as they collaborate on product wireframes.
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Curiosity, drive, conviction. Bringing an idea to life isn’t easy—often involving stress, sweat, and tears. Entrepreneurs have to deftly navigate uncertainty and remain nimble and vigilant in response to quickly changing markets and customer sentiment. There is a way to increase your chances of success though. Researchers have found that adopting a more methodical and scientific mindset, instead of relying on intuition, led entrepreneurs to attract customers sooner and significantly out-earn their peers.

Comparing intuition vs. scientific thinking

Methods

Researchers in Milan wanted to understand how entrepreneurs using heuristics, intuition, and trial and error compared to those adopting a more scientific and experimental approach to understanding…


How might we use technology to open minds and change behaviors?

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This shows an aerial view of the street that has “end racism now” painted on it in yellow.
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Understanding racism

America has a long and painful history of anti-black racism. Our institutions, policies, practices, and norms were designed to protect white interests.

Racism is everywhere


Easy changes you can implement today and the psychology behind them

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A large colorful bookcase fills an entire wall as an empty sofa beckons a reader to sit down.
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Many people want to read more frequently, but it can be challenging to carve time out from our busy days. After a long day of work, Netflix may be more enticing than cracking open a brand new book, however making two small changes can give you the motivation you need. Giving myself deadlines to create a sense of urgency and immediately reading the first chapter of a new book to remove any fear of the unknown and break the task into more manageable chunks has led me to read more books than I ever imagined possible.

Create a sense of urgency

Habit #1: Check out books from the library to create a motivating deadline

As I read the…


Are opinionated products necessary for differentiation in a competitive market? Or do they impose undue limitations?

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This is an aerial view of a neighborhood, showing a cluster of houses.
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What is opinionated software?

While all software is shaped by the people who create it, reflecting their decisions, experiences, and viewpoints, opinionated products take a firmer stance about how they should be used. Opinionated software “believes a certain way of approaching a business process is inherently better and provides software crafted around that approach.” In contrast, “enterprise” software can be continuously configured and customized to tailor fit your unique use case and context.

An Example: Apple vs. Microsoft

Apple’s iPhone is opinionated. There is a clear, intended way to use it, allowing a wide range of people, regardless of their prior experience and level of technical expertise, to take…


Who will create a more inclusive, inviting, and engaging space?

A screenshot of the Clubhouse app displays its basic features.
A screenshot of the Clubhouse app displays its basic features.
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Clubhouse is a social networking and media app where people gather in audio-only chat rooms to discuss a wide range of topics such as technology, entrepreneurship, health, money, networking, sports, comedy, or art. Conversations are typically spontaneous, unscripted, and freewheeling — the “unpolished quality is part of the charm.

The chat rooms generally consist of two groups — the people speaking and the people listening. A moderator oversees the discussions, inviting people to speak and dealing with any disruptions.

The app was created by two tech veterans, Paul Davison and Rohan Seth. They were working on a podcasting app but…


Ways to avoid situations that create bad data.

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A mouse trap sits at the ready, with an enticing chunk of cheese.
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Businesses and decision makers love data, as they should. It can help them make more informed, and thus less risky bets. However, not all data deserves the same level of consideration. Poorly design research studies, surveys, or analytics can yield bad data and lead decision-makers astray, offering a false sense of security and confidence.

Be aware of common research mistakes so you can avoid them as you craft well-designed and valid research studies.

Mistake #1: You’re talking to the wrong audience

You’re targeting the wrong people

Feedback is only as good as the people you’re talking to. If you’re trying to develop the next big social media app for Gen Z but you’re…


Lessons from their explosive growth.

Beeple’s digital collage is a compilation of thousands of pieces of art he made daily over 13.5 years.
Beeple’s digital collage is a compilation of thousands of pieces of art he made daily over 13.5 years.
Beeple’s Everydays:The First 5,000 Days (2021) sold for $69.3 million

What are NFTs?

NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, are unique and distinct bitcoin assets. While one Bitcoin is identical to and interchangeable with another, each NFT is unique, with distinguishing metadata and identification codes. NFTs are certificates of authenticity, using a string of characters to prove ownership and legitimacy.

While they have been around for a while, they’ve exploded in popularity recently as they’ve been embraced by art, music, and entertainment.

Meghan Wenzel

UX Researcher and Strategist — “It’s not the story you tell that matters, but the one others remember and repeat”

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