Episode 043

043: How to decide what to work on

Time and energy are precious resources, and in order not to waste them we must be picky with what opportunities we take on, and what ideas we act on. In this episode we discuss our process for deciding what side projects and client briefs we work on, and which we say ‘no’ to.

"There are always sacrifices to be made, and the tricky part is deciding if that sacrifice is worth it"

Femke


Key takeaways

Even if something seems great at first, there is usually an opportunity cost involved. Weighing up the pros and cons is a good way to decide if you should take a project on, but include your gut feeling in the equation too.

When looking at the pros and cons, remember it’s not about the number, but the weight of each one. Sometimes one amazing pro can outweigh a number of items on the cons list.

It’s good to give opportunities a chance, but as you go on you’ll learn to spot the warning signs of what projects to give an instant ‘no’ to.


Show timestamps

04:00 – A story from Charli about deciding on an opportunity

06:45 – Opportunity costs

07:45 – Gut feeling

08:50 – Weighing up pros and cons

10:20 – Flat-out ‘no’s’

14:10 – Taking on new personal projects

19:10 – Our most valuable resources

21:30 – How our listeners decide

27:00 – Evaluating opportunities based on what fulfils you

28:20 – A story from Femke about a recent client project she declined

33:45 – wrap up


Show links

Artwork for alternate singles

Charli’s YouTube NextUp experience

Desired Cooking food blog

Femke’s conference talk


Show credits

Our site: designlife.fm

Our Twitter: @DesignLifeFM

 

Design Life on iTunes

Our theme tune was created by the talented Camiel van Schoonhoven