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Making Things Fast

8817911ff550ff006b7a268b33b0e0e0?s=47 Leila Johnston
December 03, 2011

Making Things Fast

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

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Leila Johnston

December 03, 2011
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  1. Making Things Fast Saturday, 3 December 2011

  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 Saturday, 3 December 2011
  3. Three Golden Rules Saturday, 3 December 2011

  4. Three Golden Rules 1. Stop caring. Saturday, 3 December 2011

  5. Three Golden Rules 1. Stop caring. 2. Stop having ambition.

    Saturday, 3 December 2011
  6. Three Golden Rules 1. Stop caring. 2. Stop having ambition.

    3. Stop making claims. Saturday, 3 December 2011
  7. 1. Stop Caring Saturday, 3 December 2011

  8. 1. Stop Caring 1. Stop caring about past projects. Saturday,

    3 December 2011
  9. 1. Stop Caring 1. Stop caring about past projects. 2.

    Stop caring about possible future aims. Saturday, 3 December 2011
  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. Saturday, 3 December 2011
  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. STO P RO M A N TICISIN G TH E IDEA Saturday, 3 December 2011
  12. Saturday, 3 December 2011

  13. Saturday, 3 December 2011

  14. Saturday, 3 December 2011

  15. If you love it, let it go Saturday, 3 December

    2011
  16. If you love it, let it go • Be generous

    with your ideas Saturday, 3 December 2011
  17. If you love it, let it go • Be generous

    with your ideas • Collect them constantly Saturday, 3 December 2011
  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 Saturday, 3 December 2011
  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 Saturday, 3 December 2011
  20. The past... is OVER! Saturday, 3 December 2011

  21. The past... is OVER! “I had the idea for Twitter

    years ago” Saturday, 3 December 2011
  22. The past... is OVER! “I had the idea for Twitter

    years ago” “I once wrote a book” Saturday, 3 December 2011
  23. The past... is OVER! “I had the idea for Twitter

    years ago” “I once wrote a book” “We once won a prize” Saturday, 3 December 2011
  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” Saturday, 3 December 2011
  25. Saturday, 3 December 2011

  26. “ I was one of the first bloggers” Saturday, 3

    December 2011
  27. “ I was one of the first bloggers” Saturday, 3

    December 2011
  28. “ I was one of the first bloggers” Saturday, 3

    December 2011
  29. “ I was one of the first bloggers” Saturday, 3

    December 2011
  30. Defend motivation AT ALL COSTS Saturday, 3 December 2011

  31. Motivation Time Typical project Saturday, 3 December 2011

  32. Motivation Time Typical project Saturday, 3 December 2011

  33. Motivation Time Typical project GREAT IDEA! Saturday, 3 December 2011

  34. Motivation Time Typical project GREAT IDEA! (It’s never going to

    happen) Saturday, 3 December 2011
  35. Motivation Time Fast project Find people to inspire you. Keep

    making. Saturday, 3 December 2011
  36. Motivation Time GREAT IDEA! Fast project Find people to inspire

    you. Keep making. Saturday, 3 December 2011
  37. Motivation Time GREAT IDEA! Fast project Find people to inspire

    you. Keep making. What’s next? Saturday, 3 December 2011
  38. Inspirational speed makers Saturday, 3 December 2011

  39. Dominic Wilcox “30 day speed creating project” • £10 a

    day • Every day for a month Saturday, 3 December 2011
  40. •Every weekday for a year •Now massively famous Ze Frank

    “The Show” Saturday, 3 December 2011
  41. • Every week for a year • Now massively famous

    Jonathan Coulton Saturday, 3 December 2011
  42. 2. Stop Having Ambition Saturday, 3 December 2011

  43. 2. Stop Having Ambition • It means you’re not happy

    YET Saturday, 3 December 2011
  44. 2. Stop Having Ambition • It means you’re not happy

    YET • You’re looking at everyone else Saturday, 3 December 2011
  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 Saturday, 3 December 2011
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  48. Forget viral Saturday, 3 December 2011

  49. Forget viral • Again, if you’re thinking about the future,

    you’re not thinking about what you can make today. Saturday, 3 December 2011
  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. Saturday, 3 December 2011
  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. Saturday, 3 December 2011
  52. 3. Stop making claims Saturday, 3 December 2011

  53. 3. Stop making claims • To yourself Saturday, 3 December

    2011
  54. 3. Stop making claims • To yourself • To your

    employers Saturday, 3 December 2011
  55. 3. Stop making claims • To yourself • To your

    employers • Let others make up their own minds based on evidence Saturday, 3 December 2011
  56. 3. Stop making claims • To yourself • To your

    employers • Let others make up their own minds based on evidence • Claiming slows you down! Saturday, 3 December 2011
  57. Make THINGS not statements of intent Saturday, 3 December 2011

  58. Make THINGS not statements of intent All supplementary writing =

    distance. Saturday, 3 December 2011
  59. Make THINGS not statements of intent All supplementary writing =

    distance. Something that exists is always better than something that doesn’t. Saturday, 3 December 2011
  60. Make THINGS not statements of intent All supplementary writing =

    distance. Something that exists is always better than something that doesn’t. Except unicorns. Saturday, 3 December 2011
  61. Make THINGS not statements of intent All supplementary writing =

    distance. Something that exists is always better than something that doesn’t. Except unicorns. Saturday, 3 December 2011
  62. All comedy is fast Saturday, 3 December 2011

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  65. • Comedy writing is just improv + edit • Practice

    improvising fun Saturday, 3 December 2011
  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) Saturday, 3 December 2011
  67. Solutions Play pointlessly. Detach from all goals. Make partial things.

    Make regularly, make fast. The faster you are, the more you can make! Saturday, 3 December 2011
  68. Leila Johnston FinalBullet.com @FinalBullet Saturday, 3 December 2011