November 20th, 2008

As I discussed in a prior post about the 80 / 20 Rule roughly speaking 20% of causes create 80% of consequences.

It was upon this (and other trends) the 12 Hour Startup idea came into fruition, the idea that in a condensed time frame you can stimulate these causes that in the long run will drive big consequences.

We all know the stories, those that stayed up all night to complete that essay that go them an A, doing a proposal last minute, no matter what happens we seem to always slide it in.

My thought is to encourage this more often, we are going to build this product by next week, I am going to finish that job by Monday as it’s been sitting around too long.

You should try it, put some pressure on yourself to complete more of the things that are important in condensed time frames.

You’ll be surprised at how often you nail it.

This is exactly how this blog came about, I spent April this year doing a road trip around the South Island of New Zealand writing blog posts, and i gave myself a 24 hour deadline to get the blog up and running with my first post.  Wham, Bam, Done. 

So what do you have in motion that you can condense and get it done?

(and then you can move onto the next mountain)

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3 Responses to “Condensing”

  1. Andrew Hedges Says:

    I think you hit the nail on the head with this post. Me, I have a hard deadline for my next blog post and I want to have commenting implemented in time for it. Shouldn’t be hard, but without a deadline, I might never get around to it.

  2. Nathaniel Flick Says:

    Yep, ++. My website wouldn’t even be functioning right now (needs to be finished still) if it weren’t for setting a deadline. My next deadline has yet to be set, hence the delay in truly finishing my website.

  3. Ben Young Says:

    Your right, key is to know when to use them to speed yourself up, rather than leaving loose ends for ages.

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