Fernando Cardo

Product Designer



Let's do it!!

I want to focus...

I think this is going to be a good space for reflecting on my own behaviors and learn from the experiences of others to discover what I need to improve . 

For instance, I didn’t want to start this project today. Why? Well… because I don’t think it will be complete or done right (in the way I imagine it should be done). 

I guess this is one of the things I’ve struggled more over the years. The fact that I feel everything should be perfect, at least on my own idea of what perfect means... Sometimes I don’t know what that “perfect” or “best I can do” will be, so I keep trying until I’m pretty satisfied with the end result, and sometimes it's not productive time-wise. But thinking about it, makes me realize two things: 

1. When I decide to get something done, It takes lots of time to finish.

2. On many occasions (depending on the complexity of the project) I procrastinate for this reason to only get hands on it when I’m on a deadline and don’t have other option than to start no matter if it's going to fulfill my own standard or not. 

So I went against my own instinct and instead of waiting for a better time, I started this journey right now,    even if it’s not perfect (and even if my English is not great! Spanish is my first language… lol!)  and to be honest I already feel great about it! maybe is the fear of not knowing what the outcome will be what prevent us/me of starting things... 

I'm exited to see were this program takes me!

This is are the results of my quiz:

Beyond the quiz, I see myself as a great collector, or at least I really, really enjoy doing that phase. Not so good at reviewing everything frequently, maybe because during the "collect" phase I usually end up with lots of stuff, and eventually there is so much info, that I don't know where to start or feel lazy to process and organize all that info. 

May 23, 2014

So today I'm starting Phase 1. I've opted for installing Things on my mac, and I can't wait to start using it!  I already have Evernote, but it will need some organizing, because there's a lot of info I've collected into separated different areas. 

May 24, 2014

I started yesterday and after going through many of my notes, both digital and physical I came up with 82 open loops. In some sense I feel relieved that everything is going to be in one place! :) 

May 25, 2014

My Email inbox is empty! wow! those two softwares (https://mailstrom.co   /  https://unroll.me) were very helpful, above all unroll.me

Not only I have an empty inbox, but now all subscriptions that are not that important will arrive in a single email. That's awesome.

Ready to start the next phase...


May 26, 2014

I'm done with phase 2. I've noticed that once of the things I need to change is to make the effort to concentrate on the next single task until it's finished instead of trying to understand the whole picture first. Its like I want to see all the videos before starting, and that means, yes, more procrastination! Instead I want to take immediate action on the next actionable item without worrying too much about what comes next ahead of time. 

My Projects and Areas: 

May 27, 2014

I'm done with phase 3 and changed/eliminated some areas and projects from the previous step, so my system could be more organized and clear. 

Here's a snapshot of my current Evernote configuration.

I already had Evernote and for the first time in a long time I manage to organize everything there thanks to this course project! 

Each step I feel more motivated because everything starts to falls in his place and I can have order and control over my tasks. That's awesome! 


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