A friend of mine had a ‘drink-water’ alarm set on his phone. Someone told him that drinking water at regular intervals is great, and he got on to the job with the help of an alarm. It might sound funny to some, and some might nod their head in approval. But the reality is he did set the alarm and then eventually got used to the habit and no longer needs an alarm. The reason I narrated his story is to tell you that; you need to do something like he did, albeit in a different realm. You should set a ‘prototyping-alarm.’
Often, I see people getting into discussions and stay there for a time longer than it is required. I am not indicating that you must not discuss. You should. But be careful with the dangers of inaction. For, a discussion without action is of no great use. Let me elaborate.
While you discuss, you keep churning out ideas, actionable items, solutions and better ways of implementation. Each new thought is exciting and needs proper care. The care of ‘action’. If you churn out an idea, write it on a paper and move on to the next one, without elaborating it, you are committing a crime. A crime of ideacide (the act of killing an idea). An idea is half-baked on paper, and it could die its death there itself! Instead, what you should do is, each time you crack an idea, sit down and prototype it. Draw, sketch, build or do whatever that makes sense and see how that idea evolves and benefits the user. If time is of concern, then keep the sprints shorter, but indulge in prototyping.
Prototyping helps you enhance the value of your idea, look at its dark corners and most importantly, help you test it. So, set your ‘prototyping-alarm’ right now!