When action catches up with “ideation”

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The past week has been a balancing act between thinking about process/planning/idea generation and actually acting on some of the things that had been percolating in my mind.

During Wednesday’s tech workshop, we talked a lot about project planning and setting goals and milestones. Jeff Mignon from RevSquared said something along the lines of “Don’t fool yourself, but fool yourself enough.” His point was that we should be realistic — don’t fool yourself by thinking that all of your ideas are amazing and you can achieve everything — but at the same time, we should maintain some optimism — fool yourself enough so that you aren’t paralyzed or deterred by potential obstacles and all that there is to do.

On a similar note, Paul Noglows (who does work with the Paley Center and is an adjunct professor in the program) encouraged us not to wait too long to launch, and that we should do so when we have an MVP — a “minimally viable product,” to get the ball rolling. I think figuring out what that “MVP” is for me will be tricky, but regardless, I started getting to the point where the action had to catch up with all of the “ideation,” for lack of a better word.

So I’ve been putting posts up on my “beta” website here, and the plan is to continue these two to three times a week. My near-term goals (as far as the actual product itself goes) are to revamp the site design and get a newsletter going through MailChimp.

But there is still value in reflecting on process and planning (versus implementation), especially in a serendipitous way. Today we talked about the importance of allowing ourselves breaks and what Jeremy calls a “tech Sabbath.” It’s easy to get adrenaline-happy, caught up in all of the milestones and obsessed with constant productivity. But some of the best outcomes occur when you’re not trying to think about things. And on that note, I’m off!

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