Avoid cognitive overload with chunking and fewer options. - Deepstash
Avoid cognitive overload with chunking and fewer options.

Avoid cognitive overload with chunking and fewer options.

Do you write phone numbers as 0123456789 or 01.23.45.67.89? Splitting your content in smaller chunks makes it easier to both scan and memorise .

You don't have to go all the way and reduce your wardrobe to 15 items, but... I suppose that's the spirit? In UX, this is known as Hick's law . Choosing what to have between 10 options will take longer than between 3 options.

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MORE IDEAS FROM 6 ways to apply Mindful UX to your Daily Life — This Too Shall Grow

Declutter physical spaces.

Whether it's in your room or at your desk, trimming down the visual clutter allows by contrast to shine more light on what's important, on the few things that you decide to leave in sight. Not only does that make it easier for you to find something you're looking for, but it's also nicer and less stressful on the eyes, because you have less visual stimuli.

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Limit distractions with upfront communication.

Apart from the digital measures like locking down your phone, there's another way you can mitigate distractions. If you share your physical work space with others, you can signal when you're available to be interrupted and when you're not. Leave a sign on your door, place an object on your desk, etc.

There are even different levels for that:

  • Available
  • Only disturb if urgent
  • Do not disturb under any circumstances

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Manage interruptions – for yourself and others.

We can admire Slack's fantastic workflow for notifications. (Source )

In real life, how do you decide on the way you're communicating news with someone? It can depend on:

  • Your interlocutor (professional relation, family, long lost friend)
  • The number of interlocutors
  • The nature of the news (sensitive or not)
  • The urgency
  • The importance: paying your taxes might not be urgent if the deadline is 2 months from now, but it is important as you certainly don't want to miss it

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Flexible goals over streaks.

Several products use streaks to entice you into practising something daily. Headspace does it for meditation, GitHub does it with your code commits. Streaks can be useful, but they shouldn't be a default goal for any habit you want to learn.

Aiming to be flexible, and to complete a task 3 or 5 times per week, is much more realistic than sticking to it everyday, especially if you're just getting started.

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Pay attention to accessibility.

An easy way to be more mindful of accessibility in your daily life, is to adapt your communication. If you want to use jargon with people who might not be familiar with it, explain what it means.

In a group discussion, give background and context so that everyone has the same level of information and everyone can follow. When writing up a document, highlight the key information to make it easily scannable.

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Recognition over recall.

Recognition leaves cues (e.g. "Are mint & lime in a mojito? ”), whereas recall doesn't ("What are the main ingredients in a mojito? "). The end goal of these questions is the same, but the former is easier to answer: you just have to recognise whether the information given to you is accurate.

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Assessing your productivity

A huge number of productivity books have been published but very few of these books combine productivity, creativity, and mental health. How do you achieve more without burning out in the process?

Using a mindful productivity audit is one way to assess your current systems and evaluate if you can perform better while taking care of your mind.

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1. Amending website design costs time and money

Website building is an exciting but money-consuming process so it's crucial to get things done right the first time.

If it turns out to be a failure, you'll likely accrue UX debt (tech debt). Therefore, professional expertise must be consulted. Engages in constant testing, tweaking, and checking to ensure no pitfalls.

Moreover, you'll need to re-design your website at certain intervals because new UX trends will arise. Don't put your business in a vulnerable position.

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Digital minimalism

Digital minimalism is a "philosophy of technology use in which you focus your online time on a small number of carefully selected and optimised activities that strongly support things you value, and then happily miss out on everything else."  - Cal Newport

Use technology to "support" your personal goals, rather than letting it "use" you.

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