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Getting Shit Done, Build Edition

Getting Shit Done, Build Edition

This is the abbreviated version of my Getting Shit Done talk given at Pecha Kucha during the Build conference in Belfast, Northern Ireland. 20 slides were shown for 20 seconds each, meaning this talk was fast paced and to the point.

Patrick Haney

November 14, 2012
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  1. Getting
    Shit
    Done
    Patrick Haney
    Hanerino
    Build Edition
    I’m Patrick Haney, and I’m @notasausage.
    And I’m a procrastinator.
    I run a design studio called @hanerino.

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  2. Getting
    Things
    Done
    Getting Things Done by David Allen
    GTD is “creating a system of productivity to clear the mind of stress.”
    Not necessarily geared towards creatives or web folk though

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  3. Inbox
    Zero
    http://inboxzero.com
    Inbox Zero, a concept from Merlin Mann
    Reclaim your inbox instead of being a slave to your email
    http://inboxzero.com

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  4. Pomodoro
    Technique
    The Pomodoro Technique is about focused bursts of work with a short break between
    Set a timer for 20, 25 minutes and focus on one task
    Take quick breaks to let your brain relax, then get back to work

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  5. A glass
    of water...
    http://www. lickr.com/photos/vivido/2204024735/
    Instead of setting a timer every 20 minutes, grab a glass of water
    When the glass is empty, get up, take a break, refill it
    Healthier and easier than a timer
    Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/vivido/2204024735/

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  6. Create
    Smaller
    Tasks
    Break large tasks into smaller ones
    Tasks don’t see so overwhelming
    Checking things off feels accomplishing
    Easier to focus on a small task

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  7. Unitasking
    http://trentwalton.com/2011/09/20/unitasking/
    Stop trying to do so many things at once
    Trent Walton’s excellent blog post, Unitasking
    http://trentwalton.com/2011/09/20/unitasking/

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  8. Fear of
    Missing
    Out
    Avoid FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)
    You can’t see everything there is to see
    Use services like Sidebar and Percolate to get the best stuff delivered to you
    http://percolate.com
    http://sidebar.io

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  9. Turn Off
    Noti ications
    Notifications are just interruptions
    Disable them from popping up on your computer
    Leave them in your Mac/iPhone Notification Center if you need them

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  10. Record,
    Return,
    Resolve
    The 3 R’s
    Record incoming interests (tweets, links, emails, etc.)
    Return to what you were doing and keep focus
    Resolve recorded items later by organizing or acting on them

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  11. Record
    Record things as often as they come up
    Use whatever medium works for you (paper, iPhone app, Mac app, etc.)
    Jot it down and get back to work

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  12. ABC
    Always Be Composin’
    2Pac was always writing down lyrics to songs and recording them
    Released from prison, 4 months later he releases 2 disc album still in the top 10 rap albums
    ever
    16 years since death, 8 new albums released due to all the material

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  13. Tab
    Zero
    Cluttered browsers are as bad as cluttered inboxes
    Record and return using bookmarking or read later services
    Instapaper, Pocket, Delicious, Littlesnapper, and so on

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  14. Your
    Work low
    Sucks
    There are many tools for every job
    But don’t blame the tools, many of them are very good
    Your workflow needs work in order for you to succeed

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  15. Find a
    System
    Find a system that doesn’t seem to require any work on your part
    Sticky notes, iPhone apps, desk organizers
    We have drawers with battery icons for charged and needs charging
    Helps us keep a nice workflow for recharging batteries for electronics

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  16. “We think good ideas to death, when
    we should be acting them to life.”
    Act on
    Ideas
    Brian G. Jett
    Stop thinking about ideas, talking about ideas, and start doing
    We all have great ideas, but they aren’t worth anything until they’re put to use
    “We think good ideas to death, when we should be acting them to life.” - Brian G. Jett

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  17. Ideas are
    like...
    Ideas are like assholes... everyone has one
    Mitt Romney, America’s asshole
    Stop sitting on your idea and make it happen

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  18. Do
    The
    Work
    Start something, and then keep going
    Talking about it gets you nowhere
    Just look at Aaron Draplin’s portfolio, he gets down and dirty and gets shit done
    http://draplin.com

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  19. You are
    Never
    Done http://www.alistapart.com/articles/redesignrealign
    Keep iterating, keep doing
    Cameron Moll’s great artile on Realign, not Redesign
    http://www.alistapart.com/articles/redesignrealign

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  20. go
    Patrick Haney
    Hanerino
    it.
    Talk is cheap,
    Thank you.
    Talk is cheap, go build it.
    Patrick Haney, @notasausage
    Designer at @hanerino
    http://hanerino.com

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