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Design, Fatherhood, and Productivity.

Written by Val Sopi on Tuesday, September 23, 2014

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The boring designer

Cap Watkins is a Sr. Product Design Manager at Etsy and through this fine article he celebrates the boring designer who chooses the obvious over clever, rarely stands her/his ground, is practical, values laziness, and leads the team, among other heroics.

“The boring designer realizes that the glory isn’t in putting their personal stamp on everything they touch. In fact, most of the time, it’s about leaving no trace of themselves.”

To quote Cap from the Article —“So be great. Be boring.” ...and read the article about the un-celebrated boring designer that you are.

The CEO who quit to be a dad

Back on not-so-distant August 6th, 2014, Max Schireson, then CEO of MongoDB, announced that he would be leaving his position as a CEO in exchange of spending more time with his family. A bit over a month since then, WSJ caught up with Max Schireson in an interview.

On his blog, Max writes —

“I recognize that by writing this I may be disqualifying myself from some future CEO role. Will that cost me tens of millions of dollars someday? Maybe. Life is about choices. Right now, I choose to spend more time with my family…”

I so admire Max for his choice. Sometimes great career fortunes can overwhelm our true desires, especially when those desires have to do with wanting and needing to spend more time with our families. As the saying on the street goes “Family First!”.

Write a To-done list

We are all happy making lists and checking tasks, but how about those tasks that we do in-between but never make it to the list? That’s where “To-done lists” come to play.

By creating a to-done list, we alleviate that feeling of being unaccomplished because we can see all the important things we do during the day.

Well, if you’re using Goodwerp, you can see what you’ve done, print it, and flaunt it to the world how productive and accomplished you are. always, connect with us on Twitter with your comments, shares, and RTs.

Yours truly!

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