One of the problems I have as a “freelance guy” is finding a productivity system that works. I have tried a couple different types of strategies to organize my workflow, but the problem is: I GET BORED.
I am a creative person and so one of my least favorite things is spending time on the details and not on the ideas. But, I know it is necessary and I am actually pretty good with the details, however normal productivity plans haven’t seemed to work for me.
That is why when I read what this book was about I got excited. It is a way to maximize your productivity for creative people. A system designed to capitalize on my strengths and rather than just remind me of my weaknesses it helps me to strengthen those areas. The plan is called ACTION METHOD.
Action Method is an online productivity platform that is taking the place of other project management software like basecamp. It is easy to use, clean, and designed well.
There is currently a free trail version available where you can use it to create 50 action steps.
While I was hesitant to try another gimmick type organization strategy I decided to try it and “I REALLY ENJOY IT.” And I never thought I would enjoy my productivity management.
Of course the book does feel a bit like an advertisement for the actionmethod.com (and it unashamedly is, because he feels it is the best solution available.)
So here are a couple things I really liked about “Making Ideas Happen”
1. Design matters when it comes to your to do list. He points out that we need to advertise to ourselves in order to keep our own attention. This might not mean much to you but it was a problem for me.
2. Organize your to do list into projects in order to focus on items that lead to action and refrain from reactionary workflow (working from your email inbox in the morning instead of prioritizing and setting your own schedule.)
3. The real world parables and stories to illustrate the points were challenging and applicable.
I enjoyed the fresh point of view of Scott Belsky and his take on issues such as “best practices”, “reactionary workflow”, “leadership”, “working with a team”, and “utilizing the power of community”.
This book is worth the read.
If you do freelance work or are thinking about dropping the 9 to 5 and working for yourself, do yourself a favor…