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Making Things Fast

Leila Johnston
December 03, 2011

Making Things Fast

A version of a talk I give about remaining motivated and getting projects finished

Leila Johnston

December 03, 2011
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  1. Making Things Fast
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  2. Leila Johnston
    Copywriter at ‘agile’ digital co Made by Many
    Magazine/newspaper background
    Two humour books
    BBC Comedy Online columnist, Radio 4
    WIRED UK contributor
    Co-creator of iTunes top 50 podcast, Shift Run Stop
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  3. Three Golden Rules
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  4. Three Golden Rules
    1. Stop caring.
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  5. Three Golden Rules
    1. Stop caring.
    2. Stop having ambition.
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  6. Three Golden Rules
    1. Stop caring.
    2. Stop having ambition.
    3. Stop making claims.
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  7. 1. Stop Caring
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  8. 1. Stop Caring
    1. Stop caring about past projects.
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  9. 1. Stop Caring
    1. Stop caring about past projects.
    2. Stop caring about possible future aims.
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  10. 1. Stop Caring
    1. Stop caring about past projects.
    2. Stop caring about possible future aims.
    3. Stop caring about it being perfect, it never
    will be.
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  11. 1. Stop Caring
    1. Stop caring about past projects.
    2. Stop caring about possible future aims.
    3. Stop caring about it being perfect, it never
    will be.
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    IDEA
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  15. If you love it, let it go
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  16. If you love it, let it go
    • Be generous with your ideas
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  17. If you love it, let it go
    • Be generous with your ideas
    • Collect them constantly
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  18. If you love it, let it go
    • Be generous with your ideas
    • Collect them constantly
    • Don’t be left with one thing to hang onto
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  19. If you love it, let it go
    • Be generous with your ideas
    • Collect them constantly
    • Don’t be left with one thing to hang onto
    • Make it. Then forget it
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  20. The past... is OVER!
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  21. The past... is OVER!
    “I had the idea for Twitter years ago”
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  22. The past... is OVER!
    “I had the idea for Twitter years ago”
    “I once wrote a book”
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  23. The past... is OVER!
    “I had the idea for Twitter years ago”
    “I once wrote a book”
    “We once won a prize”
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  24. The past... is OVER!
    “I had the idea for Twitter years ago”
    “I once wrote a book”
    “We once won a prize”
    “I was on the internet before anyone else”
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  26. “ I was one of the first bloggers”
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  27. “ I was one of the first bloggers”
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  28. “ I was one of the first bloggers”
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  29. “ I was one of the first bloggers”
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  30. Defend motivation AT ALL COSTS
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  31. Motivation
    Time
    Typical project
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  32. Motivation
    Time
    Typical project
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  33. Motivation
    Time
    Typical project
    GREAT IDEA!
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  34. Motivation
    Time
    Typical project
    GREAT IDEA!
    (It’s never going to
    happen)
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  35. Motivation
    Time
    Fast project
    Find people to inspire you.
    Keep making.
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  36. Motivation
    Time
    GREAT IDEA!
    Fast project
    Find people to inspire you.
    Keep making.
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  37. Motivation
    Time
    GREAT IDEA!
    Fast project
    Find people to inspire you.
    Keep making.
    What’s next?
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  38. Inspirational speed makers
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  39. Dominic Wilcox “30 day speed creating project”
    • £10 a day
    • Every day for a month
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  40. •Every weekday for a year
    •Now massively famous
    Ze Frank “The Show”
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  41. • Every week for a year
    • Now massively famous
    Jonathan Coulton
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  42. 2. Stop Having Ambition
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  43. 2. Stop Having Ambition
    • It means you’re not happy YET
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  44. 2. Stop Having Ambition
    • It means you’re not happy YET
    • You’re looking at everyone else
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  45. 2. Stop Having Ambition
    • It means you’re not happy YET
    • You’re looking at everyone else
    • Ambition is calculation, not compulsion. If you’re
    imagining, you’re not doing
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  48. Forget viral
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  49. Forget viral
    • Again, if you’re thinking about the future, you’re not
    thinking about what you can make today.
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  50. Forget viral
    • Again, if you’re thinking about the future, you’re not
    thinking about what you can make today.
    • Untrain yourself from thinking about what’s next.
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  51. Forget viral
    • Again, if you’re thinking about the future, you’re not
    thinking about what you can make today.
    • Untrain yourself from thinking about what’s next.
    • If it’s out of your hands, it’s not interesting.
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  52. 3. Stop making claims
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  53. 3. Stop making claims
    • To yourself
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  54. 3. Stop making claims
    • To yourself
    • To your employers
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  55. 3. Stop making claims
    • To yourself
    • To your employers
    • Let others make up their own minds based on evidence
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  56. 3. Stop making claims
    • To yourself
    • To your employers
    • Let others make up their own minds based on evidence
    • Claiming slows you down!
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  57. Make THINGS not statements of intent
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  58. Make THINGS not statements of intent
    All supplementary writing = distance.
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  59. Make THINGS not statements of intent
    All supplementary writing = distance.
    Something that exists is always better than something that doesn’t.
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  60. Make THINGS not statements of intent
    All supplementary writing = distance.
    Something that exists is always better than something that doesn’t.
    Except unicorns.
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  61. Make THINGS not statements of intent
    All supplementary writing = distance.
    Something that exists is always better than something that doesn’t.
    Except unicorns.
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  62. All comedy is fast
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  65. • Comedy writing is just improv + edit
    • Practice improvising fun
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  66. Barriers to fast making
    Worrying about what may happen.
    Thinking you’ll never have a good idea again.
    Thinking it has to be successful.
    Describing instead of doing (CVs, About Me)
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  67. Solutions
    Play pointlessly.
    Detach from all goals.
    Make partial things.
    Make regularly, make fast. The faster you are, the more you
    can make!
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  68. Leila Johnston
    FinalBullet.com
    @FinalBullet
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