Worrying eggs
Worrying eggs
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If you observe your own thinking and how your mind interacts with the world, you become a passenger on a wild ride through a theme park. You can be a witness to all the noise and mayhem that comes with a polluted mind that won’t stay in the moment.

People are constantly dealing with their thoughts that focus on “getting” and “having” and “becoming.” We are attached to owning something or attached to becoming something.

When things are not going as planned, your mind flips into worry mode. Worry is always grounded in the fear of the future. Worrisome thoughts…


Living our lives on autopilot can be intriguingly similar to default settings applied to technology

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All technology has default settings. My smartphone has a default internet browser, my fridge has a default cooling setting, and my vacuum has a default brush. It’s a configuration for the product chosen by the manufacturer. Many of us don’t change the defaults on our tech, so they stay that way for a long time. I sometimes don’t know that we can change them, or I think the current setting is good enough to do its job.

Do we, humans, also have our own default settings? In essence we do.

My default settings are my repeated behaviors and beliefs. When…


A single communication app that streamlines all your channels

StrApp
StrApp

Project Overview

Role

UX/UI Designer
User research, Interaction design, Visual design, prototyping, testing

Brief

Design an app that improves written smartphone communication.
This project was a design challenge from Interaction Design Foundation.

Tools

Sketch, InVision, Miro, Reflector

Duration

4 weeks

Context

The rise of super-apps

For the past two decades, the mobile app development model remained the same — one app, one purpose. But recently, the industry started to move quickly from single-purpose apps to super-apps.

A super-app is a multi-purpose app that strives to create ecosystems that cover all users needs. This way, users don’t have to switch between apps to solve their problems. This trend originated from Asia. …


An online meeting
An online meeting
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During times of change, and especially in lockdown situations, people need motivation and inspiration more than ever. The difference between people burning out and being fully engaged is often down to your ability to motivate and inspire them. We don’t have to be a cheerleader, but we do need to put effort into keeping people energised. With limitations on travel, sports, restaurants, and holidays, many people have had the “fun” activities taken out of their lives. It’s been a year of just work and family and home time. That’s intense, especially when there hasn’t been any buffer time to recharge…


This is an old TV that we stick to when we don’t like change
This is an old TV that we stick to when we don’t like change
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I may know exactly what I want to achieve. I have conquered my fear of failure and my self-discipline levels are improving. Unfortunately, sometimes it feels as though there is an invisible force holding me back.

Have you ever felt this way?

This phenomenon is called the “Status quo bias”. This is extremely frustrating yet very common, so please don’t feel like you are the only one experiencing it, we all have!

It can attack the most self-disciplined and determined individuals. …


Disruptive changes don’t happen in a vacuum. They occur when we nurture our relationships in a collaborative environment and commit to co-elevation principles.

Change
Change
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Target, the American retailer, went through a dramatic turnaround when CEO, Brian Cornell, took over in 2014. At the time, the company had some serious problems and their sales were plummeting. Analysts claimed that Target was doomed and ready to be crushed by the Amazon juggernaut.

In 2017, Brian Cornell announced a $7 billion strategic plan to transform the company’s competitive position. By August 2019, Target’s stock price had rebounded to an all-time high. Revenues for fiscal year 2019 jumped more than 7 percent over 2017’s results.

One of the most notable features of Target’s turnaround was the company’s launch…


What being a leader looks like
What being a leader looks like
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We live in a momentous time in human history, one that has never offered more abundance and opportunity. Breathtaking advances in science and exponential technological innovation bloom all around us, making our lives better and easier. And yet there are people at all levels of organisations who feel fatigued, distressed, and even beaten down at work. It’s a Dickensian dichotomy — the best of times and the worst of times.

I empathise with the very real pressures, difficult bosses, or underperforming reports people face at work. In a challenging environment, it can feel easier and safer to just hunker down…


Get out of here!
Get out of here!

Research has shown that one-half to two-thirds of managers or leaders will experience career derailment. At some point, over half of us will get fired or demoted — or our careers will flatline and we won’t reach our innate potential. I can certainly relate to those stats when my career derailed 4 years ago.

At the time, I aspired to become Mr Big Deal in the Hospitality industry and had dreams of holding a C-suite title. I was on track to achieve my big audacious goals — I worked for respected companies, impressed my direct reports, I was told that…


Are we asking ourselves too many questions?
Are we asking ourselves too many questions?
Are we asking ourselves too many questions?

We’ve all found ourselves tossing and turning late at night as we replay a conversation in our head over and over again. Everyone overthinks sometimes but some people do it more than others. Those individuals may have underlying conditions such as anxiety disorders however over-thinkers don’t always do. Psychologist Catherine Pittman, author of Rewire Your Anxious Brain claims the following

There are people who have levels of overthinking that are just pathological. But the average person also just tends to overthink things.

So what happens inside my head when I overthink?

Overthinking is NOT problem-solving

A problem occurs and a solution is needed, some…


Boundaries
Boundaries
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Our days are built upon countless choices that can change the course of our lives. Shall I turn left or right? Shall I click on the first or second link? Shall I give or take?

On the grand scheme of things, many of the choices that we make won’t change the world however the combination of everybody’s choices do shape our world. It would be fair to say that our choices aren’t made in a vacuum and are very often influenced by our environment, our partner, our friends or co-workers.

This morning I was on breakfast duty (like most mornings)…

Kevin Aguesseau

UX Designer | Content Writer. Blog — https://www.kevin-ags.com | Portfolio — https://www.kevinaguesseau.com

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