Keeping on top of it all

The Internet of Everything…

There is so much information out there these days and so many different ways to engage with, I sometimes struggle to keep up with all.  With so many discussions, articles, courses, stories etc. it can be easy to end up clicking on everything and learning nothing.

No matter how busy I am, I think it is important to take a little time to ‘Sharpen the Saw’ as Stephen Covey put it, that is take a little time for yourself and learn from the wisdom of others. Here are a few of my regular go-to links and sources which help me keep up to date.

USER EXPERIENCE

logo UX Design WeeklyUX Design Weekly is described as “ subscribe for free to a hand picked list of the best user experience design links every week. Curated by Kenny Chen and published every Friday.

Why not take advantage of someone else spending time to pull together the latest updates in the UX world and usefully, there are usually updates on the latest UX testing tools included in the update too.

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UX Matters aims to “provide insights and inspiration to both professionals working in all aspects of user experience” . Brought together and edited by professionals in the UX industry, the articles provided are a great way to keep up to date on latest ideas and discussions around UX Strategy, Research and Design.

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User Testing provide remote usability testing services. They also have a blog which is well worth signing up to.  Not only do they have some great articles on the benefits of UX and tips on carrying out UX Research but also some interesting posts on latest Design techniques.

MOTIVATIONAL 

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Ted Talks is run by the private non-profit Sapling Foundation, under the slogan “Ideas Worth Spreading” TED  Talks online videos offer plenty of ideas and inspiration.    With colourful presenters talking on a range of topics from business to science to entertainment, a Ted Talk is a perfect 20 minute break at lunchtime.

Daniel GolemanDeepak Chopra

Having been a fan of Daniel Goleman and Deepak Chopra for a while, I was delighted when I discovered their blogs on Linkedin.  Among others things, they offer great articles on how to maintain a healthy work life balance.  I particularly like concepts they discuss around How to maintain Flow, How to become a better Leader and tips on how to become more Focused. In an every increasingly complex world, their perspectives and ideas around mindfulness and mediation and how these can be used to help us work smarter, are welcome.

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