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Thanks to Morgan Housel for sharing their work on Unsplash.
  1. Respect your time
    If you don’t value or respect your time there’s no question of managing it. You have to believe that no matter what work situation you find yourself in, you have the first say when it comes to how your time is spent and that you are CHOOSING to spend it on a certain thing. Whenever you are presented with urgent requests for your time, ask yourself — is this worth MY time? Be frugal with attention, it is often limited in supply.
  2. What gets measured gets done
    The simple act of measurement and building evidence helps you become a better judge of how you are addressing your priorities in life — are you productive enough? are spending enough time with family? are you developing new and valuable skills? Once you start measuring, the picture becomes clear and with the right mindset, small and consistent tweaks in your time allocation helps you get closer to your desired balance.
    Important to note that you shouldn’t just measure duration but also time of the day, what happened before and what happened after to get better at finding the favorable time plan for you. …

Early explorations in how Design Research can improve Access to Information & Civic-Engagement

A Fiscal Data Explorer with Himachal Pradesh(HP) as the focus state is being developed in collaboration between CivicDataLab and Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability(CBGA) supported by Tech4Dev. Part of the experimentation driven development process at CivicDataLab is doing research as a means to connect the pre, during and post phases of the project. …

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The Future of Interaction Design was a two week workshop held in and around Udaipur to explore collective imaginations of menstrual health management in rural Rajasthan using participatory approaches. It was an interesting space to explore how creativity is negotiated in a shared space of formally trained designers and participants who came from the context with lived experiences around the subject.

Coming to terms with the “Why”

The reading at the beginning of the workshop, Appadurai’s The Capacity to Aspire, set the tone for me in terms of what could be the nature of our engagement with the incoming participants. We interacted with young women between the ages of 19 to 22 from villages around 60 km from Udaipur who, as we were made to understand, were considerably restricted in terms of their mobility and agency in matters related to their health and hygiene, especially during menstruation (the focus of our workshop). One of the ways in which we could begin the process of challenging these restrictions, in order to evoke change, was to strengthen their capability to have and cultivate “voice”, a concept Arjun Appadurai borrows from Albert Hirschman (Hirschman 1970). …


Thomson Muriyadan

Product Designer and Researcher | Mostly writes about work | Also writes on LinkedIn —

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