The new possible

My sister (let’s call her Sharky) bought me a book for Christmas. Sharky lives in Argentina. She bought the book from a shop in the UK. I’m on holiday in a remote part of Indonesia. She bought the book, told me about it, and I was reading it, in less than ten minutes. This is the new reality – actually,…

Better than perfect

Is done. Or to say it differently, done is better than perfect. I don’t know who said this first, but I heard it from Jenny Blake in an interview on Read to Lead. Do it now. Done.

Cycle speed

This was going to be a post about cadence – how fast you pedal. How choosing a low gear – exerting yourself against small tasks with low resistance – is the most efficient way to pedal and the best way to go fast. It turns out it’s not that simple. Sometimes the bigger, slower pushes work well. But often –…

Smallest next step

What are four big goals you’re working towards? For each goal, what’s the smallest next step you can take? Set the bar low. Do it now. Repeat every day. You’ll be amazed by the momentum you develop, and how much faster you get things done.

Build, measure, learn

This post is a leap from Rule 2 of bootstrapping the non-profit: Do it Now. This is such a key idea, and so interesting and relevant to Do it Now, that I thought I’d do something about it like, write now. The idea is that when you’re developing a new business or organisation, there is so much that you don’t…

The valley of crappy data

Joost Wesseling from the Dutch Institute for Public Health and the Environment on the iffy quality of readings from citizen air quality measurement efforts using cheap sensors: If we don’t do these experiments now, then we also won’t have decent sensors in five years, which is also what we are aiming at. We have to go through this period where…

WTF? Technology and you

WTF: What’s the Future? Tim O’Reilly If you’re doing meaningful work, you’re trying to hit a moving target, and your job isn’t made any easier by how fast the world is changing. These resources should help you calibrate your ‘deflector gunsight’ by giving you a sense of where technology seems to be going, hopefully giving you a better task of…

Being prolific

How many ideas have you lost out of pure inertia? I don’t just mean all the ideas you’ve had that you never did anything about – you lost those too, but many of them probably weren’t that good anyway.  Doing something with an idea is often the fastest way to check if it’s important. You might do a bit of…