Recently, I found myself feeling overwhelmed. With deadlines looming, I had design challenges from all angles starting to pile up. I was spending a lot of time pushing pixels in Figma, but I felt like I was spinning my wheels and not gaining any traction.
I needed to slow down and take a step back. We love Figma here at Decent Labs but I needed a break from digital. I was all but forgetting one of the best tools in any designer’s toolbox: pen and paper.
My goal with the notepad was to put together a quick to-do list and sketch out some rough interfaces.
I should have done this sooner! This was absolutely the right move. Just the process of physically writing down what I needed to do afforded me almost instant clarity. I was trying to do too much at once!
Specifically, I was attempting to perform about a half dozen individual steps of my design process at once:
So of course I was spinning my wheels!
Almost immediately I was feeling back on track. I had all but forgotten this valuable core step.
I solved my first UX challenge in about 60 seconds. Just some quick and dirty sketching really helped me to gain focus.
With this newfound clarity, I realized where I needed to adjust my workflow. I was putting the cart before the horse. I had simply forgotten the fundamentals.
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