Getting Shit Done

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Design and development is a lifestyle choice for many of us, but that doesn't mean we don't want to get out and enjoy the other things in life. When most of your day is spent on trivial tasks rather …

Design and development is a lifestyle choice for many of us, but that doesn't mean we don't want to get out and enjoy the other things in life. When most of your day is spent on trivial tasks rather than productive work, it's time to evaluate your process and improve it.

This talk will show you how to focus your work day, reduce time spent on the crap you don't enjoy, and help you Get Shit Done. We'll talk about the tools and resources you can use to speed up your process, how to find the right routine for you, and when to unplug and get away from your computer.

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  • 1. GETTINGTHINGSshitDONEPatrick Haney@notasausage
  • 2. MY NAME ISPATRICKAnd I’m a procrastinator.
  • 3. 2 TYPES OFPROCRASTINATORSThose that don’t want to do somethingThose that are easily distracted
  • 4. 2 TYPES OFPROCRASTINATORSThose that don’t want to do somethingThose that are easily distractedOooh! Something shiny!
  • 5. I WORK AT LITMUSWe’re right across the street.
  • 6. http://marketplace.veer.com/merch/vpr0001351
  • 7. http://youtu.be/_cZC67wXUTs
  • 8. THE INTERNET ISDISTRACTINGHey, stop staring at your computer.
  • 9. The problem with constant inspiration isthat youre always distracted.- Rogie King, on the Twitters http://twitter.com/rogie/status/162542504636461057
  • 10. BUT IT HAS A LOT OFCOOL STUFFSome good, some bad.
  • 11. A LIST APART• Demos, examples, techniques, writing http://www.alistapart.com/articles/reigniting-your-creative-spark/
  • 12. http://freeuikits.com
  • 13. http://onehourpersecond.com
  • 14. AN OVERVIEW OFTHIS TALKStay focusedFind your (work)flowStay organizedGet some helpCall it a day
  • 15. http://amzn.to/vatK9P
  • 16. Create a system of productivity to clearthe mind of stress
  • 17. THE GOALS OFGETTING THINGS DONECapture anything and everythingDefine actionable thingsOrganize information
  • 18. http://www.43folders.com/2004/09/08/getting-started-with-getting-things-done
  • 19. http://inboxzero.com
  • 20. GTD enables greater performance,capacity and innovation. It alleviates thefeeling of overwhelm, instilling focus,clarity and confidence.GTD will attract members of the oppositesex, make you wealthy, and improve yourphysical appearance.
  • 21. GTD enables greater performance,capacity and innovation. It alleviates thefeeling of overwhelm, instilling focus,clarity and confidence.GTD will attract members of the oppositesex, make you wealthy, and improve yourphysical appearance. I made this up.
  • 22. STAY FOCUSEDHave a planStart unitaskingCapture and return
  • 23. THE 3 R’SRecordRemindReturn
  • 24. http://flic.kr/p/7dJiii
  • 25. UNITASKINGLet’s focus, people.
  • 26. TRENT WALTON http://trentwalton.com/2011/09/20/unitasking/
  • 27. http://www.pomodorotechnique.com
  • 28. DISABLEDISTRACTIONSHide windows you don’t needTurn off email notificationsIgnore Twitter and Facebook
  • 29. SPIRITED AWAYShhh. He’s watching us... http://drikin.com/2010/11/spirited-away.html
  • 30. defaults write com.apple.Dock showhidden-bool YES
  • 31. USE FULL SCREENTOOLSOmmwriteriA WriterFull screen mode in OS X Lion
  • 32. http://www.ommwriter.com
  • 33. CAPTURE & RETURNQuickly captureStay on taskTake care of it later
  • 34. http://instapaper.com
  • 35. SIMPLENOTE• Notes and to-dos http://simplenoteapp.com
  • 36. WREN• Schedule tweets for later http://wrenapp.com
  • 37. http://www.realmacsoftware.com/clear/
  • 38. MEETINGS SUCKAm I right? Yes, I am.
  • 39. LOST PRODUCTIVITY1 person = 1 hour 3 people = 3 hours
  • 40. MAKE MEETINGSMEANINGFULHave an agendaStay on trackTake notes
  • 41. FIND YOUR(WORK)FLOWChoose your toolsCreate a workflowStick with it
  • 42. USE WHAT WORKSDon’t change tools without a good reason.
  • 43. TEXTMATE• My tool of choice
  • 44. ESPRESSO• And many, many others http://macrabbit.com/espresso/
  • 45. SHIT I GOTTA FUCKING GET DONE• Notepads http://shop.coolmaterial.com/products/to-do-notebooks-2pk
  • 46. AVOID THELEARNING CURVEYou could’ve been getting shit done.
  • 47. HEY YOU. YOURWORKFLOW SUCKS.Stop worrying about the tools.
  • 48. We shape our tools and afterwards ourtools shape us.- Marshall McLuhan
  • 49. STAY ORGANIZEDFind a system that worksFile shit awayKeep your shit tidy
  • 50. http://www.realmacsoftware.com/littlesnapper/
  • 51. OWN YOUR EMAILDon’t let it own you.
  • 52. AVOID “FOMO”Fear of Missing Out
  • 53. KEEP IT CLEANYour workspace should reflect your system.
  • 54. GET SOME HELPReduce your own workloadPay someone if necessaryDo the work you enjoy
  • 55. REDUCE YOURCOGNITIVE LOADComputers are good at that shit.
  • 56. CALCULATOR• We don’t do math by hand, even though we could http://www.flickr.com/photos/patrickgage/3736249034/
  • 57. FLIGHT SEARCH• We don’t check every airline to compare prices http://kayak.com
  • 58. DON’T DO SHIT YOUDON’T ENJOYStay happy, stay focusedHire someone to do the shit work
  • 59. Being rich is having money. Being wealthyis having time.- Margaret Bonnano
  • 60. SPEND MONEY TOMAKE MONEYIt makes sense, I swear.
  • 61. HIRE THE HELPGet an accountantKeep a lawyer aroundPay someone to copyeditAnd to do other tasks
  • 62. http://taskrabbit.com
  • 63. http://sean-graham.com/2010/11/09/my-backup-strategy/
  • 64. CALL IT A DAYKeep regular hoursLeave work at workGet out of the office
  • 65. KEEP WORKAT WORKDon’t take that shit home with you.
  • 66. Working more doesn’t mean you caremore or get more done. It just means youwork more.- Jason Fried, Rework
  • 67. http://www.flickr.com/photos/astro-dudes/5525592622/
  • 68. DROP EVERYTHINGNot literally of course.
  • 69. GET A LIFEWork to live, not the other way around.
  • 70. THANK YOUPatrick HaneyLead Designer at Litmuspatrick@litmus.com@notasausage