Aug
06

The 80 20 Experiment – Day 3 – Flexibility

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Today my theme was finishing things that were mostly done but needed that final push. I’m sure you have some projects and tasks like that, too, don’t you?

One of my tasks for the day was to finish editing a video to promote some screenwriting workshops I will be doing in Las Vegas in November. I decided to go to the Apple Store to do this because I’d be able to get some help using the new version of iMovie. What I didn’t realize until I got there is that my laptop was missing a key piece of software I needed–I had it on my main computer, but not on the laptop.

Another opportunity to learn that preparation is crucial!

The other lesson is that it’s always good to have a Plan B. Yet another unfinished task on my list was to upload to YouTube a bunch of video reviews of books about creativity (in hopes of also spreading the word about my book, “Creativity Now!”).

I shot these videos some time ago and put them up on the www.focusquick.com site but hadn’t gotten around to placing them on YouTube, where there is the possibility of wider exposure (although since they don’t feature cats, people falling down, or nudity, maybe not so much…).

Anyway, since I was unable to carry out the planned task, instead I uploaded ten of these videos to YouTube with the appropriate tags,

The second task was finishing the sales page for the Sitcom Writing workshop that’s one of the Las Vegas events, and that’s done and has gone off to my webmaster.

The third was to finish the editing of the next episode of the podcast and I did that, too. That one had been hanging around on my to-do list for a while, which just goes to show we don’t procrastinate only with things we don’t enjoy, since I quite like doing podcasts.

How was your day? (You can back up and start this experiment anytime, of course)

For tomorrow I’m still in the “finish what you start” mode:

* upload the rest of my reviews to YouTube;

* finish the sales page for the screenwriting workshop sales page (to go with the sitcom one)

* finish the video I couldn’t do today because of the missing software.

Feel free to set your top 20% agenda items and play along!

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