How to make it all work in a startup?


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Very often we are trying to "make it all work". But how? How much time do you have to waste before you will find the right method? Let's keep it simple - Get Things Done Philosophy is about making it all work. It’s concentrated on self-management, because as we all know everything starts with you.

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How to make it all work in a startup?

  1. 1. How to make it all work in a startup? Karol Pokojowczyk from
  2. 2. • Someday I read very interesting article called “get shit done” and it reminds me about David Allen’s Get Things Done philosophy.
  3. 3. • GTD is about making it all work it’s concentrated on selfmanagement, because as we all know everything starts with you.
  4. 4. To “make it all work” you have to focus on two areas:
  5. 5.  Control
  6. 6. • The main aim of taking control is to get rid of everything what distracts you and disturbs you. Don’t waste your time on things which gives you more troubles than profit.
  7. 7.  Perspective
  8. 8. • Here you should ask yourself two things: “what’s next?” and “what to focus on?”. If you have the right mindset you will have no trouble with answering.
  9. 9. • It’s a super effective to prepare it in this way for a busy week – list things which you want to do, think of distractions, eliminate them and later, peacefully focus on your tasks.
  10. 10. Applying “control” area to a startup culture
  11. 11. • The GTD philosophy defines 5 stages of taking control which in my opinion are the best steps how to organize culture at startup. These are:
  12. 12. 1. Capturing
  13. 13. • This is basically about capturing an idea. Listening your coworkers, reading articles and case studies, talking with customers, observing competition – these are the best sources of an ideas.
  14. 14. 2. Clarifying
  15. 15. • Don’t leave room for doubts. Be prepared to answer every question and be sure that everyone gets what this is all about. It’s also the stage when you validate your idea and make it perfect thanks to the feedback from coworkers.
  16. 16. 3. Organizing
  17. 17. • This is a simple stage where you have to identify tasks and delegate them. As a CEO or manager you have to consider which skills are needed and choose right person to do it. It’s tricky but I’m sure you know your team good enough :)
  18. 18. 4. Reflecting
  19. 19. • This is the last moment when you can rethink the whole undertaking. During planning the process you can miss something – it’s natural. Take a moment, take a distance if it’s possible and catch small things which you can improve.
  20. 20. 5. Engaging
  21. 21. • This is the last stage of taking control. And the hardest one. You have to engage your whole team to this concrete idea. Attempt requires positive attitude for every member.
  22. 22. • This system is perfect for startups – small/medium-sized teams. I would only add one step – from my experience it’s an important one – checking.
  23. 23. • Organize a short meetings and be updated what causes troubles, what went wrong, share small successes. It’s the best way to support your team and motivate them to keep going.
  24. 24. • It would be also nice to have one location where you can access all of your data at one time to check the progress.
  25. 25. • Colibri is a tool to measure the effectiveness of your efforts to get insights and improve your goal conversions.
  26. 26. • Briefing personally every member of project won’t do the trick – you have to remember about the engaging stage, while it’s considering as a one step. In real it’s an ongoing in background process.
  27. 27. By the way, it sounds familiar, doesn’t it?
  28. 28. • That’s because you have heard about growth hacking already. This is where it starts – in our heads. The best growth hacks are often simple ideas but with special touch and careful process of preparing.
  29. 29. This article was originally published on Karol’s blog. Find out more: How to make it all work in a startup? The GTD philosophy.
  30. 30. Do me a favor and share this post :) You can also subscribe for my newsletter, I solemnly swear this is good stuff!
  31. 31. Author: Karol Pokojowczyk CEO Colibri IO @KarolPokojowczy @Colibri IO