30 minute project audit

30 minute project audit

I recently completed the 30 Minute Audit on Katie’s blog Design Affects. It’s really simple to do and only takes a short time commitment 30 minutes, or 45 in my case. Just to list all the projects you are working on and your personal identity and answer for each one;

Description: Why are you doing it?

Audience: Who are you trying to reach?

Role: What part do you play?

Sponsor: Who is supporting or funding you?

Scale: What parts of the world are you trying to reach?

Frequency: How often are you working on this?

Social Media: What are the various channels where you communicate this project?

It’s a great opportunity to evaluate the projects you’re juggling and why  you’re doing them. It was great to see that I could say why I was doing the majority of my work/ projects and what the outcomes for me were. I also realized that most of them I loved doing, even the one I want to leave.

It was a bit of a kick up the butt to stop procrastinating one of my projects and so I need to get a move on! Additionally it highlighted for me the projects I want to focus on and the work I want to leave soon, as it doesn’t fit with my overall “brand” as Kate calls it. Its about finding the the balance of work that pays, and work I’m interested in pursuing in the long term. As a friend recently told me,  we need to curate the work we take on and give ourselves side projects to explore our interests as ultimately the work we do will define the work we’ll get.

If you have a spare 30 minutes today you should try it out 🙂

Make something that matters

Make something that matters

A really insightful interview from On Being by Krista Tippet with Seth Godin.


The statement that really struck me was when Seth Godin said that today we don’t have enough connection or time and if we can give others a space where they can have meaning or help them maximise their time we can make an impact. It doesnt have to reach everybody, but we can have that bottom up impact or change he speaks of.

Another food for thought was how can we learn to tell the difference between a good idea and a bad one. I liked his tip about telling 10 people and see if it resonates with them, do they tell other people about it.

Balance- Too much or too little

Balance- Too much or too little

Last Wednesday we had the second session of our group project with the delightful kids from Darnley Primary. They’d all come up with their animals and we started making them using cardboard. Something that I feel I have been learning through this project has been Balance, too much or too little.

Balancing time. Last week we realised we hadn’t planned enough for the class, this week we’d planned to much and hadn’t anticipated that the kids with higher visual impairments would find it harder to make their animals. Perhaps the emphasis perhaps should have been on the idea of the animals not its physical form.

Balancing activities. The kids level of engagement has been amazing and have become the highlight of my week and what we’ve found works well is starting with a circle time where each gets to speak and moving on to the table to make things thereby breaking up the session. Its also about balancing levels of activities, physical & verbal and creative & thinking.

Balancing attention. It can be difficult to make sure everyone feels heard or gets enough support, it felt a bit rushed at points last week but I hope all the kids felt heard and valued.

Maybe the key thing I’ve learned isn’t about too much or too little is flexibility. Not being to rigid in a plan, being able to change & adapt when needed.