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Author Topic: 5 Tips to *Blah...Blah...Blah...* - Just read it already.  (Read 2526 times)

Paul Keith

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5 Tips to *Blah...Blah...Blah...* - Just read it already.
« on: October 30, 2009, 02:00 AM »
Another article that seems easy enough to copy paste and doesn't contain much advise. Apologies if the title offended anyone. As usual, the images are self-inserted.

Btw this video was the inspiration for the title:

Source: http://www.openforum...inertia-behance-team

At Behance, we’ve observed that the most productive creative professionals typically organize themselves and make decisions with a strong bias towards action. Not surprisingly, actually doing things seems to be more effective than thinking or talking about doing things. In the spirit of doing, here’s five quick tips on how to emphasize action in your work environment:

Prototype your ideas.

We rarely (if ever) strike upon the best solution right out of the gates. Rather, we get there through iterative development, or trial and error. Although the word “prototype” is largely used in the context of professions like industrial design – the design consultants at IDEO are bullish on transforming ideas into working models as soon as possible – it’s a practice with application for all of us. Writing and rewriting a proposal is prototyping, running and refining a social media marketing campaign is prototyping, and so on. In essence, prototyping just means trying something out, and then making a better version based on what you learned. The sooner we experiment, the more information we have to take further action.

Get out of your own way.

The problem with creating hard-and-fast plans is that we often get unduly attached to them, so much so that even when an unexpected opportunity emerges, we are loathe to deviate from the agreed-upon plan. But some of the greatest advances and innovations have emerged from “accidental” or unforeseen insights that had nothing to do with a business plan. If a promising opportunity emerges or momentum wells up unexpectedly, be willing to explore it – even if you don’t quite understand yet how it fits into the big picture.

Create testaments to progress.

When we accomplish the items on our to-do lists, we rarely take the time to appreciate the progress we’ve made – instead, always looking forward to what’s next. While it’s not constructive to rest on your laurels, it can be helpful to integrate testaments to past progress into your work environment – whether it’s a wall of “to-dones,” or an oversized project board that tracks phases of completion as you develop a new product or feature. We are emboldened to take action when we remind ourselves that every little step makes a difference.

Side Note:

Btw, this is unrelated except for the company name but back when I was drafting articles for GOE, the Behance Action Method was something that I wanted to address.

Might be something you'd like to check. At the time, the farthest I got to it was using it as a template for my OneNote "have done/someday/maybe" hybrid list.