Clarity. Simplicity. Focus. Action. (Redux)

Do you know what you need to do? Can you tell the difference between what’s important and what might be nice one day, and what’s piffle? Do you focus your attention on a maximum of three important goals at a…

Tim Ferriss on time management as priority management

This is a piece of advice from The Four Hour Work Week that I need to re-learn and re-apply on a regular basis: Slow down and remember this: Most things make no difference. Being busy is a form of laziness…

Resource: Tristan Harris on the attention economy

This is a good interview on the Tim Ferriss show, covering the Attention Economy and extractive economics more generally. Recommend. The fundamental place that went wrong was when we attached financial success directly to the capturing of human behaviour, the…

The switch (1)

“Who is this for?” Your work is always for you. This is true whether we’re working for pay or we’re parenting, whether we’re working on something that’s very obviously for ourselves or giving up time, energy and money to serve…

Values and vision: the acid test

Peter Drucker and Stephen Covey ask the same simple question to get at the heart of these: “What do you want to be remembered for?” Covey asks you to imagine your funeral: Who is there? What do you hope they’d…

Cut it out, or the impossibility of completeness

Nothing is really complete. That story always needs more context to fully understand, that lesson is inevitably missing something important, that job could always be more polished. With some things (like painting and decorating), we face the law of diminishing…

Just in time (1)

There’s a good sort of just in time. We plan something, know what needs to happen and how, know what we need to do it well, when, where and with whom. This kind of just in time feels great, with…

Getting things done

Thought for the day: There will always be more good ideas than capacity to execute. Chris McChesney, Sean Covey & Jim Huling – The 4 Disciplines of Execution (amazon) Conclusion: focus on one or two wildly important goals at a time,…

As powerful as a smile

Real marketing is built into what you do and why you do it. It’s part of your story, something that you do organically when your business is aligned with your mission and values. Kept promises, free returns, obsession with the…

Motto (3): Work hard

Have fun, learn lots, work hard, be kind. Of course you should work smart. Automate what you can. Delegate and outsource to people who can do things better than you. Shamelessly avoid, or ruthlessly eliminate, the unnecessary. Then identify your…