I’ve been thinking lately about what overarching ideas guide folks like us (you know, smart people who want to do good work, but only when it’s good work we want to do). I’ve examined my own ways and I think I’ve isolated
1516 (how convenient!) principles that I tend to follow. I’ll list them here, with brief explanations, but I’m curious to hear what others think I might’ve missed. Also, these 15 principles (and others that you point out) will probably get fleshed out into more extensive posts. Also, this list isn’t ordered at all–just a brain dump. Let’s roll:
1. Find the best way. (not necessarily the fastest or easiest, though it often is)
2. Procrascipline. Disciplined procrastination is the art of knowing why you aren’t doing something and when you might.
3. Ensure balance. Even by guerrilla methods (see: 4 hour rule and mental health day)
4. Find your place, for now. This is imperative, difficult and achievable. And you’ll do it over and over.
5. Maximize the work you love, minimize the work you hate.
6. Listen well.
7. Develop (manage) relationships.
8. Market yourself.
9. Think laterally as well as linearly.
10. Master the data. Using simple tools: Excel, SQL, etc
11. Be curious.
12. Pursue other pursuits.
13. Develop your spiritual life.
14. Read broadly.
15. Have a system (of organization).
16. Know how to decide.