Year in Review: Better late than never ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Good things happened in 2016:
I had an awesome opportunity to travel to the Philippines again, explore different provinces … and got engaged!
- Grew my hand lettering skills and stepped out of my comfort zone a bit to start doing in-person lettering events with Shinola. I also had the pleasure of hand lettering gifts for a Working Not Working event in SF.
- I led a number of large projects and redesigns. Shipped ~48–50 features and learned a ton along the way.
What I totally dropped the ball on …
Training | Surfing
I’d been getting heavy into RKC kettlebell training and powerlifting over the last two years, but for the last ~8 months, I really dropped the ball with my training schedule. I recently started to make up for this, carving out more time outside of work to make this happen again, and am looking forward to making a ton more progress in 2017.
I ended last year with deadlift PR of 255lbs x 5 — I’d like to get to 300 by the fall.
A large part of what I love about powerlifting is that (at this stage, for myself) success is more predictable and you can track incremental progress with each training session — Especially when using cycles!
At the same time, I took a hiatus from competitive surfing for the first time in a long time. I’m really starting to miss being in the water and haven’t made it my priority yet.
I did not hit my reading goals, but here are a few that stuck out from 2016:
- Sprint, Jake Knapp (Product Design)
- Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products, Nir Eyal (Product Design)
- UX for Lean Startups, Laura Klein (UX, Research)
- The User Experience Team of One, Leah Buley (UX Research)
- The Obstacle is the Way, Ryan Holiday (Stoicism, Lifestyle)
- The Daily Stoic, Ryan Holiday (Stoicism, Philosophy)
- Tools of Titans, Tim Ferriss (Health, Lifestyle Design)
- Ego is the Enemy, Ryan Holiday (Stoicism, Philosophy)
- Mindwise, Nicholas Epley (Psychology)
- Brand Thinking & Other Noble Pursuits: Debbie Millman (Branding)
- A Technique for Producing Ideas, James Webb Young
- Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, David Allen (Productivity) *The fact that I’m still reading this book….
2017 So Far
I’m already feeling pretty good about 2017. In the weeks before the new year, I got back in the gym, started eating right again and have been learning everything I possibly can (Sketch proficiency has skyrocketed!). I’m managing two designers and learning a ton in the process. Our team is getting caught up so we’ve had a lot more time to step back and work on improving processes, etc, and I had spent the days before NYE surf-camping in Southern California. So far, so good!
- Dive into different frameworks, systems and tools: Increase proficiency in prototyping tools (*Flinto, Framer, Avocode) and spend more time in working with systems like Material Design
- Continue to drive design thinking into the team culture with regular design crits (internal design team/external team), more design sprints and increase visibility of design process
- Leadership: Drive processes that allow work to be done, protect time blocks and increase efficiency, allowing reports to fully engage in projects.
- Training: Re-Commit to workout/training schedule to hit athletic goals (new PR’s!) and focus on correcting movement patterns with mobility training and chiropractics.
- Lifestyle: Optimize health & nutrition, correct imbalances (GABA, I’m coming for you!) and experiment with / test supplement program.
Originally posted on Medium 1/21/17