Tools and tips for being a self-organized product designer

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1. Be flexible and communicate with the team.

Alt-text: A woman on a chair looking at the camera and saying “Communication is necessary”

2. Transparently document your process to the team.

3. Chose a platform to document your process

  • Notion
    Notion is a free platform where you can create various templates to organize your process. I use it a lot to create to-do lists, reading lists, save links, doing some takeaways. I had colleagues that also used Notion for their heuristics and accessibility audits.
Alt-text: Interface of the Notion app showing a modal with the User Research title along with user research data table with name, tasks, date, status, and interviewer information
  • Figma jam
Figma Jam interface with an opened modal showing the template choices for Research and Design
Figma jam interface when you create a new file, a modal shows the templates choices for Research and Design
Figma Jam interface showing a whiteboard in the background and other 4 smaller backgrounds aligned horizontally. Inside of the smaller backgrounds there are the titles of Resume, Cover Letter Drafts, Application links, and Media Arts, and also the corresponding files according to the titles.
My professional updated files in a Figma Jam file
  • Miro
Miro interface shows a grey background with the big title “Introduction to design tips”, below the title there are other smaller backgrounds above it containing smaller section titles such as Reading Platforms, Podcast, Books, Portfolio, and Most used tools. Inside the smaller background, there are links and texts corresponding to each section’s’s title
How I used Miro for organizing files
  • Dropbox
Dropbox interface with a grey left side panel containing the titles All the archives, Recent, Highlighted, Photos, Shared, and waste. On the right and main part of the interface there is a white background with the buttons Upload, Create and Share at the top, and below that is the label Name with the name of the files below that.
How I used Dropbox to start organizing my research process for a project
  • Medium
Medium interface showing the Your Stories page with all the drafts, published, and responses of your medium files
On Your Stories page, you can check all your drafts and published stories

Bonus tip: Daily meetings and Daily slack track

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