Productivity Hacks for Industrial Design Projects
Completing any project, from market research for your latest design idea to finishing up a prototype, can suffer from those periodic lapses in productivity. Between answering emails or getting stuck in the nitty-gritty operational details, it’s hard not to get bogged down by distractions, which is why your industrial design firm is here to help!
If you’re finding it hard to hunker down and get that idea off the ground, you’re in luck. Try one of these helpful ways to stay on track and keep that productivity going.
Getting your idea through the battlefield of product development requires much of your time. Read these tips and tricks to keep you on schedule.
Minimize distractions through time-management
When the thought of your project seems huge and daunting, it’s easier for your brain to find reasons not to tackle it head-on. Breaking that project into smaller tasks, and dedicating small windows of time to those tasks, will make the project seem less like a steep uphill climb. Your industrial design firm will help with this, as each step of the design process is broken out into much smaller deliverables.
For the inventor in you, try the Pomodoro Technique, which uses this interval approach to time-management, splitting work periods into 25-minute chunks, with five minutes of break in between. During the longer intervals, the goal is to focus solely on one section of your bigger project. The shorter breaks give your brain some time to refresh.
Stay organized to keep your tasks on track
There are plenty of online tools for to-do lists and task tracking, from the flexible and collaborative, to the simple and fun-filled. Having to-do apps that sync with your calendar or other tools brings all of your project details together in one place, making it easier to stay organized. Of course, the Project Manager at your industrial design firm will keep you up to date and on task as well.
If you want to go even further to avoid the possibility of distraction (because our productivity apps still live next door to our social ones), try organizing your tasks the old-fashioned way. Or the new old fashioned way with bullet journaling. All you need is a notebook and a pen for this simple system for tracking to-dos, events, or general things to remember.
At our industrial design firm, our favorite tool to stay on task is Wrike, which allows you to map out your projects over the course of days, weeks, or months and collaborate with other designers. You can see an example of a Wrike project map below.
Hire an industrial design firm
One of the best ways to avoid distraction and amping up productivity is to call in the cavalry, so to speak. Hiring an industrial design firm like MAKO Design means you’ll have industry expertise at your disposal. World-class expertise at that. You’ll also benefit from project management resources and a team of people who will have your back to make sure things get done.
If you have a great new invention and you’d like to learn more about this process, get in touch with MAKO here and visit our website to find out more. Feel free to give us a call at 1-888-MAKO and we can set you up on a call with our product analyst!
Article Author: MAKO Design + Invent
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