Posts tagged Merlin
Posts tagged Merlin
I could not be more excited to post this particular picture…
About 12 or 13 years ago Alexander Horn (pictured above - the one not wearing the hood) did a LOVELY set of fashion/fetish photos involving a vacbed on his website. That was the very first exposure I had to the concept of the vacbed, and it hit a switch in my head that has (obviously) remained on and in overdrive ever since.
So… in a way, Alexander contributed to the spark that formed Kink Engineering.
It was a particular honour a few weeks ago to have him come to me for some hoods for an event he was planning to attend in a few months, and to find out that a hero of mine in the latex scene actually noticed the design work that I had been doing.
A productivity guru that I follow recently gave advice about writing along the lines of “Decide who it is you want to delight" - and I have kept that in mind in my design work. I designed as if I had my heros in the field looking over my shoulder (or following my blog) and over time the result has been those people actually taking note, and in some cases becoming co-operative partners in projects, and friends. (See recent madness at House of Gord for example)
So… that’s some great advice. In whatever you do that makes you feel most whole, think of who you would most like to delight. Then work really really hard at that task. You may never catch the attention of that person you wanted to impress… but you’ll certainly impress a LOT of other people along the way.
Great podcast! All should listen.
1) I’m moving our email list over to Mailchimp (I have heard great things about the service)
2) Mailchimp has proven that chosing your audience is very important to reaching potential customers… what better place to catch nerdy people who might need to promote their business with an email list? Merlin Man and Dan Benjamin? Yes… those are the right people.
Why’s it so good? Well… I’m not getting a red cent for linking to Mailchimp half a dozen times in my blog… I just really love what they made happen.
Also, if you are not listening to 5by5: Back to Work podcast and you care about productivity and using your time wisely and with passion… you should. It’s great. It’s funny. It’s inspiring and useful. Merlin Mann’s writing and videos were instrumental in the origin of Kink Engineering (Aka: Me leaving my day job and starting this crazy latex company)
Mailchimp wins the internet.
Sometimes There’s a Man (Part I)
Tune in each week for the next part of the album. We’re committed to doing four, but, personally, I’m happy doing one of these a week pretty much forever.
We listen to lots of productivity talk, then we take 5 minutes to implement some system, then we DO STUFF FURIOUSLY!
(via xkcd: Time Management)
Really? I declare “Inbox Zero” at 3:00pm and then leave the workshop to go pick up my brother at the airport, then have dinner and play a curling game.
I get home at Midnight and find 35 emails in my inbox.
Delete, Delegate, Respond, Defer, Do!!!! I’m on this… in the morning.
INBOX ZERO! I’m more efficient!
I just got my gmail inbox for the business down to zero. Nothing hanging over my head, everything has been dealt with in accordance to the Inbox Zero system.
Delete: Spam/garbage/unactionable/unuseful = deleted! (I like to put on a Strong Bad voice for that part)
Delegate: Give it to someone else - Task it to an employee to action, forward it to another expert, CC the person who sent it so they know they’ve been moved to someone else.
Respond: Fire back a quick question or answer and move on. Pass the hot potato… don’t hold on to it.
Defer: Add it to the google task list and deal with it during my scheduled administration time (Daily 1 hour, Weekly 3 hour roundup)
Do: Take the time to actually do the action required by the email. This is the best one. If it’s a 0-5min task, just get it done.
Following this can get the email inbox guilt under control, and free up LOTS of time for the REAL work of designing, production, writing, coding, whatever. (It helps to do some background studies of Getting Things Done) And if you don’t know what I’m talking about… you gotta check out Merlin Mann’s talk to Google about Inbox Zero.
God I feel good! Productivity!!!!!
Thanks Merlin (Truck spank) Mann. You add value to the world.
(Follow Merlin’s Tumblr here, sometimes brilliant, sometimes funny, sometimes just odd. Very very good.)
From an article that explains why I don’t spend all that much time on fetlife, twitter, facebook or ANY time on any IM program, and why I flat out refuse to talk work with someone on any platform other than email (which I find most efficient for my time/work style and provides me with an instant, searchable record of design requirements, obligations, quotes and agreements)
Merlin Mann is pretty much my hero… if you are interested in making things and being efficient, moral, human, and focused, you should be reading/listening to him (then getting back to work)
The “q” trick
…My trick is to end the file name of all my most frequently used or referenced files with a certain number of “q”s. Why?
If I type “qq,” I whittle down to 15 or so greatest hits. If I type “qqq,” I narrow down to an even more rarefied handful of really important files. And, so on, until “qqqqq” takes me to exactly one “agenda” file where I throw anything I need to capture or do today, but only have a second to grab.
- It’s right under my left thumb on the iPhone.
- No English word I use contains more than one “q”
Dumb little trick. Giant time and finger saver.
This (above) is why I LOVE checking in on Merlin Mann/Kungfoogripe. Yes it’s a dumb little trick, but you had the brains and the “yeah, I’m going to DO this”-osity to… well… do it!
We all should actually find better ways of doing things all the time. As long as we don’t fall into the trap of spending ALL of our time finding better ways to do things. The balance? Merlin even thought about that. HERE I don’t know… I’m done looking for new doing-thing-ways for now, I’m off to build some stuff outa latex.