We were pleased to see the concept of “decorating with progress” from Jonathan Moore and Elder Jerez, Jr. at 2Advanced Studio.
Following up on the Behance tip, “Surround Yourself With Progress,” we got to see the practice in action around Elder’s desk. Once Elder completes design comprehensives for a client he prints them out and covers his workspace with them. Thanks for the pics, guys.
We came across some insightful (and/or funny) comments on our latest Tip, “Surround Yourself With Action” on LifeHacker; worth checking out. Also, we really appreciated Core77′s coverage of the same tip, which they so cleverly called “basking in your own done-ness.” We like it.
Our tip released today, Surround Yourself with Progress, is spreading across the internet at a speedy rate. I am enjoying seeing the back of our heads all around the web. It is kind of humorous to us in a way. We are even linked on a site in a language we cannot recognize. Maybe someone can comment on what it is?
I’ve also read a number of comments on the article along the way. People may wonder about the aesthetics of posting your action steps. If one doesn’t want to cover their office as much as we have, smaller paper means less wall space (or whatever space) used. I do have to say though, it is crazy for any of us to look at our “Done Wall” and think back to when it was bare. We really do feel a lot of accomplishment and pride by looking at our constructive mess.
It has been hot in NYC; and we were contemplating whether a sauna environment sparks action or stalls it all together.
Nevertheless, we’ve been trying to stay focused with only a few digressions. We were happy to see the response to our recent Behance.com Tip on surrounding yourself with action-inducing art. While the concept is a little extreme, the point rings true for our team and others we know. Thanks to LifeDev for picking up on it, despite the fact that the tip is a bit contrarian to the typical productivity principle of clearing away anything that is completed.
We were also pleased to see Write Well Me’s take on some of our favorite Tips; great to hear her resonance with some of them…
Marc Andreessen has an insightful post on productivity that can certainly be extended to personalize the Action Method.
A few highlights:
- Don’t keep a schedule: Andreessen cites Arnold Schwarzenegger’s story, as told in the book A Perfect Mess, that emphasizes the importance of focusing on whatever is most important at any given time, rather than keeping a schedule that ultimately gets in the way of making progress.
- “Keep three and only three lists: a Todo List, a Watch List, and a Later List.”
- “Each night before you go to bed, prepare a 3×5 index card with a short list of 3 to 5 things that you will do the next day.”
I encourage you to check out the full post, as it is full of useful insights on managing email (rather than letting it manage you), using the ipod as a tool to ward OFF distraction, and other helpful goodies…