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It is a book by Scott Belsky (Amazon link). I dont remember how I located the book, but I am glad I did. It was a good read.

It is all about how to make all those wonderful ideas that most of us get on a daily basis and turn them into something. Since one of his advises is to “kill idea liberally”, most ideas should be buried – I tend to agree. Not killing ideas will make you have to much to do and no focus.

He introduces something he calls “the action method”. I like it, since that was I have started doing a couple of years ago, so I think he is right. It is all about making progress. Stuff that is to be done is to be decomposed into actionable items, and each item must have a person associated to it. I am considering making that chapter mandatory reading for my students. They tend to be all tech and no focus.

The way I handle it is to have a Todo lists in Zim. The lists are themed based on which page they are on, and sometimes I add specific tags to the todo-item. Zim then takes the lot a makes med a sortable list of stuff to do. It works. It is simple. Just try it.

Another thing that I recognized is his concept of backburner. It is basically the same as a SCRUM backlog. What to do when you have more tasks that is possible to solve? You prioritize and the stuff you don’t do now, put them on a list for some later time (and review that list a given intervals).

He continues to discuss the importance of working with other people. A key point is the three personality types: the dreamer, the doer and the incrementalist. The first two we all know. It is the person with a lot of ideas and no implementations, and the person who is all implementation and no ideas. They are equally good/bad. The important part is to know which kind the person is. The last one, “the incrementalist”, is a person capable of both, and is a dreamer when required and a doer when need be. They apparently have a tendency of doing too many things at ones.

He has a lot more interesting points, and the book is definitely worth the read. Most people I know, would benefit from some of his advice.

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November 7, 2011 at 09:00

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Crush it!

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I have just read an entertaining book called Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk. Read the rest of this entry »

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February 22, 2011 at 09:00

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