What to focus on? (how do I figure that out)


#1

I have this feeling lately like I don’t know what to focus on. It’s not a problem with not being able to focus, but not knowing where to put my limited time and energy. (Well, now that I write this, it seems like a focus/distraction problem. If I can really focus on something for weeks at at time, then why not do these things one at a time, for instance a few weeks for each?)

Some things my days tend to consist of:

  • UX contracting related stuff
    – continued reading on relevant themes, portfolio and online presence related prospecting, improvement as a consultant, etc.

  • Game economics (incentive structures and economics)
    – related to my interest in crypto and network effects

  • Javascript, React.js
    – related to building mvp native apps

  • Google products like Analytics, Tag Manager, Optimize, etc
    – related to present work and subsequently, value based design

  • This bigger interest in tech and how it affects industries & business strategy (things like a16z, clayton christensen, david snowden, simon wardley)

Some possible considerations that seem like they could help, which I’m having trouble answering:

  1. what do i want to be doing?
  2. what is being requested (pull economy)?
  3. where does the field seem to be moving towards?
  4. what will be most important function for a company during a recession?

edit:
5. what is going to be outsourced or automated?
6. … etc

This isn’t UX related, but I figure everyone deals with this type of problem in one form or another. Wondering what some outside perspective would look like.


#2

Hey there,
Is your lack of focus due to the fact that you have too much going on (that’s when I tend to lose focus and go off on tangents as I remember things) or because you’re not enjoying your work?