I stumbled upon Tom Sachs orientation video, Ten Bullets. Everyone who wants to work in his studio has to watch it. They apparently show these at some NASA teams orientations too.
I have always felt the ad hoc nature of working on something creative worked for my attention deficit mind. I realize now that it was always an excuse that comes from fear of failing. Within a structure, failure can be unbearably glaring.
Over the last year, I have been working towards incremental changes to both my inner and outer environment. Starting with small guard rails around structure and consistency.
Ten Bullets #
I: Work To Code: Or, Creativity is the Enemy
- Trust the system in place
- Inventions must happen within existing vocab
- Stick to what has been defined for you to do
II: Sacred Space
- Respect of the work space is essential
- Personal items should be put on hooks are discretely stowed away
- Do not become distracted by work of others unless instructed to do so
- All respect should be given to a worker completing a task
III : B.O.T - Be On Time - Come Prepared and Commit yourself Entirely
- On the clock mentality that carries to all things. Not just being punctual
- Your present task is your highest priority. It must command your focus
- B.O.T means you care for yourself mentally and physically so that you are well prepared for work
IV: Be Thorough
- Thoroughness means paying attention to tasks that come before and after what you do. (Always carry pen and paper to make notes of TODOs)
V: I Understand
- For effective execution, SAY that you understand 
VI: Sent does not mean Received
VII: KEEP A LIST
- Keep a prioritized list at all times
- Carry this list at all times
- Your list is your future and your past
VII: Always Be Knolling
- Scan environment, put away things you don’t need.
IX: Sacrifice to Leatherface
“Nothing in the world can take place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” Ray Kroc, Founder of Mc’Donalds.
The DO List #
A TODO list is for the weak.
A TODO list is a haven for procrastination.
The DO list is the way to get things done.
The DO list is your future and your past
What’s a DO list
- Take a pen and paper
- Split the paper into four quadrants
- Write the tasks you want to DO anywhere on the quadrant. In any quadrant that you want
- Carry it in your pocket
- Add any task that you want to DO to it at any time
- Once all the tasks are done. You retire the paper and start a new one.
I read this thing in atomic habits and it has stuck with me since. In Tokyo metro, train conductors, drivers and station staff play an important role in the safe and efficient operation of the lines; a key aspect of which is the variety of physical gestures and vocal calls that they perform while undertaking their duties. Shisa kanko, pointing-and-calling works on the principle of associating one’s tasks with physical movements and vocalizations to prevent errors. source ↩︎