Improving Productivity and Focus by Removing Distractions

This blog post could easily be titled: How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Curb my Notification Anxiety, or, How to Effectively Work Remotely. I work at the web development agency Make Do. Why is this important? Well Make Do is a remote agency, meaning that all of its employees work remotely either from home, from …

How to Write a Personal Social Media Strategy

There are lots and lots of social media channels out there, and people use each of them in different ways. If you tried to post to all the social networks without automating everything, you wouldn’t have time left in the day to do much else. Social media automation is bad. I’ve been guilty of it …

The Bike-Shed Effect

Bikeshedding: Placing too much importance on trivial things.Today I found a blog post from a former Local Government colleague of mine, Chantele Smith, all about “bikeshedding”, or the Parkinson’s Law of Triviality to give it its official name. Bikeshedding is a term to explain the phenomenon of focus being placed on a trivial part of an overall solution, while …

Customer Development: Getting Honest Feedback About Your Products and Services

A couple of weeks ago I learned all about Customer Development, by attending another fantastic Founders Network event. Once again, superbly put together by Tech North. The event was delivered by co-founders of Lyst; Rob Fitzpatrick and Devin Hunt, and Rob kindly gave us a signed copy of his wonderful book ‘The Mom Test‘, which gives some wonderful insight into assessing what …

Starting your own Business and the Law

This week I delved into the legal side of starting your own business, by attending the “Founders Network Masterclass on Legals” event, superbly put together by Tech North. The event was held at the Chimney House, Kelham Island, Sheffield. A cozy little building that I haven’t been to since I wrote a report about the River Don Engine on a school trip …