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Making things nice

… is an underappreciated skill.

It goes beyond tidying up and things having a place, to the details that lift the atmosphere and make things kondusif* to whatever you’re up to. Things like:

  • Tweaking the lighting
  • Adding the right music
  • Eliminating an annoying background sound
  • Table decorations
  • Well thought through stationary or tools
  • Appropriate art or other prompts
  • Well designed handouts
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Layout

It takes time and thought – probably at least ten percent more than is otherwise necessary, but that ten percent can generate outsized returns.

See also:

Seth Godin on slack in systems (also here)

* As they say in Indonesian. NTS: Good title for a future blog post

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