ANNA PENG

Opening Doors

It’s always a kind gesture to hold the door open for the person behind us. It’s not something we really think about, but more of an automatic behaviour that says, “I’m acknowledging your presence. Here you go.”

That acknowledgement is at times all it takes for somebody to feel welcome in a group Zoom meeting. Or the key for good customer experience when ordering food at a restaurant. Or the thing that makes or breaks a well-communicated email to your boss.

Being noticed and getting seen by the people we want to be seen by is huge, and it’s the simple act of acknowledgement.


More Iteration

Adding onto yesterday’s story about iteration, I think the other part of why I instinctively dislike having to iterate is because the message I get is: try again, you lost, there’s an error, something’s wrong, it’s not good enough.


All of which is not great news for me, so yes. Cue the internal sigh as we do it another time.

Sometimes it just doesn’t feel like a step forward, but I know deep down that it is.


Iterating

When Mikayla and I first started working on the website for The Habit Factory, it looked very different from where it is today. The colour scheme was way more overwhelming (saturated was the word), the text boxes were half filled in, and amongst it’s other problems we hadn’t even figured out the checkout page.

It took us 2 months to get it in shape for its first publishing, just so that we could get initial feedback on it from a few good friends.

Even after that, we realized it still needed a lot of work.

And so we were back on the iteration train once more, trying to figure out a website that would work for us, and wording that would be captivating yet concise. 

Finally, we decided to strip it down to its core elements and start again from there. That was the version of the website we used to round up our first cohort in October. 

Now in our second cohort, we decided to tweak the site once more to include some of the progress we’ve made when one could say it was already “done” to begin with.

You can check where it is now at www.thehabitfactory.space 


Long story short, the beauty of iteration is that it we’re always in it. There’s no done. There is no perfect.

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