Julian J. Schrader


Recognize and Prevent Failures by Design


A notification pops up, I tap “complete”, set out to do it after the current task is done, and forget about it. Sounds familiar?

If I’m lucky, I remember to do my task later. But usually by then it’s too late. I didn’t put the task on my todo-list and set up the reminder instead, because it was time-sensitive.

This is a failure by design, and I’ve since changed my behavior to avoid that problem – by implementing a rule that should be a no-brainer, but wasn’t for me:

Checking a task off marks it as done, so I can only check off a task after it’s done. Duh!

Now that my failure-by-design is solved, what do I do? Snoozing the reminder helps — it’ll bug me again a couple minutes later and I can check it off once the task is finally done.

Designer of Habits and Systems. Entrepreneur and Digital Transformation Consultant. Effectiveness buff and student of human psychology. Comments, questions? Say hi@jjs.de!