This is a living document and should be interpreted as such. Things might change 🎲!
My name is Dimitrie Hoekstra (with an “e” at the end and pronounced right in any way), and I am a Senior Product Designer working on the Design System and supporting the wider UX team at Postman, formerly Product Designer at GitLab. Plus, Dutch as I am from the Netherlands 🇱🇺. This document is my personal README, a place for you to get to know me, how I think, work, and communicate. Reading this will make it easier to work together with me effectively!
Conditions I like to work in
- Either I have a quiet and well-ventilated place for focus time or be in a place amongst people to talk with while I work (70/30).
- Structure in terms of knowing what to commit to, what my responsibilities are towards others, and vice versa, plus having a clear transparent overview of this to fall back on.
- A playful working environment, which means assuming good intentions, room for experimentation and mistakes, exploring personal ideas with others, a time buffer so things can shift around, and being able to influence processes.
- I am very familiar with a remote working environment and its processes, which enables me to be flexible with my time and location.
The times/hours I like to work
- I like to be flexible with my time, shifting it around so I can incorporate personal or social needs into my days. Read more about a non-linear workday.
- From time to time, I travel with changing timezones as a result. When doing this, I will always try my best to make this work and/or move any appointments if need be. My available time on Google calendar should automatically adjust itself accordingly 🤗.
- I think of a day in 24 hours. For example, 8 o’clock in the evening is written as 20:00.
- Timezones are best written with the standardized format GMT+[insert number]. This makes it easier to deduct what a certain time means from my perspective and how to relate a time to you.
- Generally, I am trying to start my workday at 10:00 as I am often not a morning person and can be considered a night owl 🦉.
- Working late into the night might still occasionally happen, though I try to avoid that because of work/life balance. Generally, 19:00 should mark the end of a workday including any potential meetings.
- Most often, I am having dinner between 19:00 and 20:00 and need at least an hour after dinner to recover 😉.
- Generally, I am not responsive or available during weekends or when I am Out Of Office, though you can always try sending me a message on slack.
- My work calendar is open and accessible, so everyone can see my availability. I don’t mind people booking things on my calendar if I am free/available. Guests can edit my calendar events by default.
- I will try to book focus time in my calendar as to have unobstructed time to do deep work and make sure you can book appointments for when I am available.
- I appreciate meetings happening close to each other so that I’ll not have occasional meetings throughout the day.
- This enables me to have a hybrid maker/manager schedule where a part of the day is up to me to fill in with either large or small blocks and another is dedicated to more frequent context switching.
- Preferable is to have a minimum of 5 min between meetings, also see “speedy meetings” setting in your Google Calendar.
- Having meetings be scheduled at least a day in advance helps with not disrupting focus time and being able to prepare if need be. Ad-hoc meetings are certainly possible but are simply not preferred for the reasons mentioned.
My spoken languages
Feel free to speak to me in any of the following languages, though I prefer speaking in English for professional topics!
English (Full Professional / C)
Dutch (Native / C)