jason fried – rework
bif 6: jason fried
…. “We kept saying, ‘If this stuff is so important, and we spend 50 percent-plus of our time on it, why do we forget about it later?”
i quote Rework daily. (fyi to the people who can’t hear me)
i read Daniel Coyle’s Talent Code.
[which @kessampanthar recommended to me like a year ago. he recommended that and Carol Dweck’s Mindset. the 2 books i put off till last on my then current list. silly me.]so – my take…
Coyle’s deep practice bleeds of Fried’s rework.it was like – that’s how you do it.
the mash-up for me:
before reading talent code – rework was my play book for making days matter. like i would focus on orchestrating better time slots. (i’m sure a disservice to rework’s intent.)
after reading talent code – rework is the bi-product (as i’m assuming was it’s intent) of my inner emotion (@nabilharfoush) and ignition.so to me – right now – rework is part of the detox (critique requested) most of us need.
- think about what you really need to say
- write it in place
- figure remove what’s non-essential
- pare it down
- make sure you’re getting to the point without using terms that require additional explanation
- rewrite – without looking
- compare with the original – see if you’re missing anything important
- wrap it up.
from 2007 write for the reader
How many employees would stay to work Fridays?
I don’t know.
Because you weren’t there!
We don’t track things in that way. I don’t look at that. I don’t want to encourage that kind of work. I want to encourage quality work.
We don’t track things in that way.
I don’t look at that.
I don’t want to encourage that kind of work.
the problem we are trying to solve is not going away – how to make people for effective/efficient togetherthat chaos is man-made so can be man-prevented too.. (i don’t think businesses have to be chaotic where everyone is sweating… happens often when the goal is to get big fast).. i like to think of business as a long walk rather than a sprinthttps://thedistance.com/ – magazine highlighting businesses that have been around for 25 yrs or more – celebrating longevity(paraphrase): rather than equity – money you might get in the future, we think giving current experiences, ie: paid vacations, guitar lessons, … prove to be more valuable to humans/relationships. it’s something in the now. even as opposed to giving money – giving the vacation or lessons is something the person might not do themselves if they were given the money.
My “Work Can Wait” piece about Basecamp 3 is really striking a chord with a lot of people. Stats so far…http://t.co/13eXUYchk2
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/jasonfried/status/641978011403874305
Joe Scharf (@joescharf) tweeted at 8:38 PM – 28 Dec 2018 :
Dear #startups, skip the mainstream BS startup propaganda and instead treat yourself to a reading of “It doesn’t have to be crazy at work” by @dhh and @jasonfried (http://twitter.com/joescharf/status/1078857867648688129?s=17)
crazy at work
by jason and david – @dhh
people can’t get work done at work anymore. that turns life into work’s leftovers.
people are working more but getting less done. it doesn’t add up.. until you account for the majority of time being wasted on things that don’t matter
bury the hustle..
the human experience is so much more than 24/7 hustle to the max..
you rarely hear about people working 3 low end jobs out of necessity wearing that grind with pride. it’s only the pretenders, those who aren’t exactly struggling for subsistence, who feel the need to brag about their immense sacrifice
we don’t compare.. the only things we’re out to destroy are outmoded ideas…. the opposite of conquering the world isn’t failure, it’s participation..
do we want to make things better? all the time. but do we want to max ‘better’ thru constantly chasing goals? no thanks..
that’s why we don’t have goals at basecamp.. simply do the best we can on a daily basis
because let’s face it: goals are fake. nearly all of them are artificial targets set for the sake of setting targets..these made up numbers then function as a source of unnecessary stress until they’re either achieved or abandoned.. and when that happens.. you’re supposed to pick new ones and start stressing again..
plus, there’s an even darker side to goal setting. chasing goals often leads companies to compromise their morals, honesty, and integrity to reach those fake numbers.. the best intentions slip when you’re behind..
the opp to do another good day’s work will come again tomorrow, even if you go home at a reasonable time – don’t change the world..
when you stick w planning for the short term, you get to change your mind often
nothing looms when you don’t make predictions
much corp anxiety comes for the realization that the company has been doing the wrong thing, but it’s too late to change direction because of the ‘Plan’.. ‘we’ve got to see it thru’ .. seeing a bad idea thru just because at one point it sounded like a good idea is a tragic waste of energy and talent..t
the best info you’ll ever have about a decision is at the moment of execution.. we wait for those moments to make a call
requiring discomfort/pain to make progress is faulty logic… no pain no gain ness
discomfort is the human response to a questionable or bad situation, whether that’s working long hours w no end in sight, exaggerating your business numbers to impress investors, or selling intimate user data to advertisers.. if you get into the habit of suppressing all discomfort, you’re going to lose yourself, your manners, and your morals..
being comfortable in your zone is essential to being calm
where else can they find uninterrupted time? it’s sad to think that some people crave a commute because it’s the only time during the day they have to themselves..t
productivity is for machines.. not for people..t
when people focus on productivity, they end up focusing on being busy..t
it’s perfectly ok to have nothing to do.. if you’ve only got 3 hrs of work to do .. then stop.. don’t fill your day w 5 more just to stay busy or feel productive.. not doing something that isn’t worth doing is a wonderful way to spend your time
if you don’t own the vast majority of your own time, ti’s impossible to be calm
the presence prison – how do you know if someone’s working if you can’t see them.. same as .. how do you know if someone’s working if you can see them?.. you don’t..
eliminate 7 of the 12 things .. it’s not time management, it’s obligation elimination.. t
peter drucker: ‘there is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all’
we rarely have meetings at basecamp, but when we do, you’ll hardly ever find more than 3 people ..any convo w more than 3 is typically a convo w too many people..t
as it turned out, tripling the entry price worked out great. we gave up some new signups, but we more than made up for it w the higher price. that’s what we were aiming for
you’ll often hear that people don’t like change, but that’s not quite right. people have no problem w change they asked for. what people don’t like is forced change – change they didn’t request on a timeline they didn’t choose.. t
every new version was better.. but we never force anyone to upgrade.. you can use 2007 version forever..
you can either choose to take the token that says ‘it’s no big deal’ or the token that says’ it’s the end of the world’ whichever token you pick, they’ll take the other
arguing w heated feelings will just increase the burn..
as we continued to hear fellow entrepreneurs reminiscing about the good old days, the more we kept thinking. ‘why didn’t they just grow slower and stay closer to the size they enjoyed the most?’.. there’s a bunch of business-axiom baloney like ‘if you’re not growing, you’re dying’.. says who?