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User research is still tiring

I’ve mentioned before that doing user research (usually contextual interviews) is very tiring – after a day of it, I’m completely brain dead and not up to doing anything.

I realised today that listening to tapes of contextual interviews is almost as tiring. I had previously thought that it was not only the concentration but the emotional energy of empathising with someone and drawing them out during the discussion. Now I think it’s just the concentration that makes me tired.

So how do I get better at concentrating – I vaguely remember reading something about practicing ‘bare attention’. I’m too tired to even google it tonight ;)

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