Mindsets for Working
A collection of headspaces I find myself moving between in my work.
- Detail mindset: focused on perfect emulation of an existing thing, or execution of a new thing. Making sure the details are all right. Usually comes down to hours of heads-down work. How could this be better?
- Fun mindset: what'd be cool to do? What's enjoyable? (the whole idea of mindsets is a little counter to the free-wheeling nature of the fun mindset, haha)
- Business mindset: focused on ROI / leverage. What do people care about? What work will provide the most value?
- Communication mindset: focused on shifting people's understanding from A to B. What's the subject? Who's the audience? How do they think right now? What experiences do they have? What would resonate with them? What information might they read from this?
- System mindset: concerned with abstract moving pieces. What are the inputs? What are the outputs? What's the goal of the system? How efficient are we?
- Research mindset: pure curiosity, no opinions. Concerned with understanding a situation. "Your desire to know must be greater than your desire to explain."
- Growth mindset: thinks in terms of unconstrained growth. Often relies on discrete measurement. How can I get better? How can I improve this?
- Cycle mindset: thinks in terms of repeating patterns. When did this last happen? When might it happen again? What are the key parts of the cycle?