Disclaimer: This post is written on my iPhone during a moment of inspiration with the tools I had available and is not in any way as good as I’d like it to be but I executed and I published – which is something I haven’t done for too long.
While writing this I’ve been up north on a four day vacation together with my spouse and family and is currently sat in a car, with four more people, with destination home.
It’s been a good weekend, no work and lots of play – I did however have to goals for the weekend:
Of which I just completed the second one.
The very fact that I’m writing this post right now is enough of a proof that Execute was inspiring, but I’d like to write down some more thoughts on this fascinating book.
Before I saw the first mention of the book Execute on Twitter I had already followed Drew for a while and noted his success with Pictos among other things, this however didn’t really have anything to do with me pre-ordering the book right away – I think that was purely because of the energy surrounding it.
The percieved craziness with two guys all of a sudden deciding to write an inspiring book on executing before thinking to hard about it lured me in. I had to see how well it would turn out.
I’m not a reviewer kind of guy, but I have a few things to say about the book.
First of all, it is very inspiring – it’s full tips and encouragement on executing, which stays with you after finishing the book, and it’s written in such a way that it’s actually quite intriguing to follow along on Drew’s journey through making Space Box.
The book is not perfect, especially the first half felt a bit repetitive and I noticed actual duplication of content (at least two times) – which didn’t seem intentional too me but it very well might have been.
Execute is however a brilliant initiative and glowing example of its own message and what it preaches, and that alone makes it worth buying, and if that isn’t enough I found it very insightful and inspirational with an actual real world scenario and tips from two guys with hands on experience on executing.
Well executed, Drew and Josh.
The Action Book is great for helping to keep focus through out the day and getting tasks done while also getting notes printed down. The Dot Grid Book is simply the best inventory I have for sketching, prototyping and designing with pen and paper. It gets out of the way while at the same time offering small, subtle and useful little grey dots on the paper.
There’s only one issue I have with the Action Book. It’s a bit to big for my taste. I very rarely use the whole page during a day, and it doesn’t feel right to use the same page for separate days.
It’s to bad that its so expensive to import these two too Sweden, otherwise I’d had done in an instant. Now I’ll just hope they’ll be available when I’ve filled up my current books.
I highly recommend both.
Lately I’ve put a bit of thought into creating habits for myself. There are a couple of things I’d like to have as daily routines, that currently I don’t, and now I think it’s time to make it so.
Jerry Seinfeld’s secret
A long time ago I remember reading this article at Lifehacker called Jerry Seinfeld’s Productivity Secret. Back then I didn’t think twice about it, but recently it got mentioned again by Leo Babauta, of Zen Habits, in his post The Tiny Guide to Creating the Flossing Habit.
This time around I felt completely different about it. Reading Leo’s fifth point in forming the habit it hit me. This will work on me.
Mark it on your calendar. Every day you floss, mark a big X on your calendar (Jerry Seinfeld’s secret). Try to string together a bunch of Xs, and you’re golden.
I’m don’t know if would’ve worked last time I read about this tip but I feel confident it will now. I’ll try it out with the flossing habit.
Portal 2 PeTI (puzzle/map editor) was released yesterday which in itself is awesome, but their introductory video is almost as fun!
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