I read a recent post about decision making from marketing guru, Seth Godin. He calls his process to go faster “decision hygiene.” It reminded me of principles I use for sorting mail and housework. My clean-up knowledge is based on hand-me-down wisdom like “touch things once” and “everything in its place” but in reality, anything that takes time is a decision making process.
Godin had five points to move things along faster: make decisions faster, do them in the right order, do it once, don’t look for help once you’ve started and triage the decisions.
So If I am going to write I’m going to:
- Decide what I am going to write about, and do it as quickly as possible.
- Do all organizational activities involving committees or other people’s permission first.
- Follow through with my idea, even if I start to hate it while I’m typing.
- Workshop the results only with people who will improve my writing.
- Decide what to write: a blog, novel scene, or schedule twitter feeds. If any of these items do not matter to the project at hand, I’ll choose not to focus on it.