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 to have unobstructed time to do deep work and make sure you can book appointments for when I am available.
- I appreciate meetings happening relatively 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 above. Additionally, they have the added side-effect, when working remotely with people in different timezones, that it might be easier to miss that these people will be pushed outside their normal working hours.
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)