121 My Simple rules: A three-step process.
0 Anchor Post Template Simple Reality Disciplines
Define What You Want to Do: objectives should be precise.
Boundary: Work only with familiar tools: Evernote, Scrivener, WordPress, Wordperfect.
[Scrivener is worth learning. Bought course.]
Boundary: Develop templates in advance of writing posts.
Boundary: Create simple post from input. Add value as I am interested for a specific period of time. (3 months? 6 months? 12 months?) Then Heinlein Rule #3: You must refrain from rewriting except to editorial order. No more work without editor’s interest and contract … No endless revision on spec work with zero editorial or consumer interest.
Objective #1: Develop crystal clear templates … less than 6 to start. Only the questions vary; answered questions become “notes” for quotes. Format: QNQS = Quote + Notes (my response) + Questions + Sources
Objective #2: Work a crystal clear process.
Do [Create Post]
Parse Input: Destination category, Template chosen,
Tag & Bag: A.Pact = Anchor . Project? Author? Category destination? Topic? Bag = notebook.
Post input: Copy template to post, add quotes, add notes, finish sources.
Ready to post version 1? Y=Exit Loop
Post Initial Version
Do [Add value to Post at scheduled intervals]
Review post; add value = answer questions, expand.
Add value with additional quotes from Google or Evernote Context.
Proofread and Polish; clarify & focus.
Identify time for next review…
Finished reviewing? Y=Exit Loop
Objective #3: Work with specific projects based on clear templates in clear output streams.
1. 2017 AmbidextrousChurch.com:
Boundary & Purpose: effective church operation, disciple making.
– Dissertation quotes, Dissertation template.
– Commands of Jesus, JIG template (Jesus Imperatives Gospel)
2. 2017-2018 RealityDisciplines.com:
Boundary & Purpose: Generic Common Wisdom, personal improvement, kaizen, going on to perfection. Working out principles for my use and testing out, recording my impression, thoughts and feelings, and evaluation.
Format: QNQS. Templates for 101: Quote and Note Simple, Quote and Note Monroe, Article.
– 101 projects & Categories. Listicles.
2018 – Happiness Project
– Holiness Project?
– Secular authors … business.
3. 2017 Kinmundy.wordpress.com/:
Boundary & Purpose: Monday School and simple devotional materials for my local churches. Elementary level, not complex or confusing. Simple thoughts, simply expressed. A conversation between two people for the benefit of one.
Format: QNQS = Quote or Question (identify topic), Notes, Questions (for discussion), Sources
M – Monday School … expanding the value of the preaching, furthering conversations.
E – Events and Activities
T – Teaching items other than Monday School.
A – Administration Resources = elected leaders, meeting dates, etc.
4. 2019 WesleyUpdated.com:
Boundary & Purpose: quote from original Wesley sources, comment on modern aspects.
Format: QNQS. Templates to be developed.
– Wesley Works
– Methodist History Quarterly
– Rodney Stark
– Diffusion of Innovations paradigm
5. 2020 Ambidextrouschurch.com
Format: QNQS. Templates to be developed.
– Circles of Grace novels
– Mine Christianity Today
Objective #4. After basic creation, work only on what the marketplace indicates is of interest.
Practice Heinlein’s Rules.
Rule One: You Must Write (Version 1)
Rule Two: Finish What Your Start (Add value to version 1 for a specific time period.)
Rule Three: You Must Refrain From Rewriting, Except to Editorial Order (Rewrite when bought)
Rule Four: You Must Put Your Story on the Market (Keep it visible. Keep the store in order; your blog is your inventory of work that is available. Keep the shelves stocked.)
Rule Five: You Must Keep it on the Market until it has Sold” (Respond to consumer interest. Do more of what works.)
Choose a Bottleneck: Bottlenecks are “a specific activity or decision where simple rules can exert the greatest impact in helping you move the needles.”
Step 3. BOTTLENECK #1 — “add value” = filling in the template and creating a publishable post and putting it on the blog. This is where work is piling up in front of the bottleneck with 60,000 Evernotes. Why?
The templates aren’t well designed and they aren’t finished; they are the “jig” which guides the work process.
Consequently there isn’t a smooth flow in the add value phase of developing the ideas in the post.
The questions which provide blanks to fill in aren’t in place to prompt the writer.
Step 1. BOTTLENECK #2 — The Templates aren’t really finished … they define the objectives. This is the cause.
Work piles up in front of the “jig” which isn’t ready to accept input.
QNQS: Quotes+Notes+Questions+Sources = Template.
Bottleneck chosen: finish the templates, test and deploy them.
Craft the Rules: Defining the rules requires taking the time to think through your challenge and involving others for input.
Craft the templates carefully; they are the objective.
Parse the post: review information, choose template, fill in what is needed, proofread and post version 1.
Process the post: add value to the information by answering the questions and expanding the post to version 2.
?does this mean a change of templates? Or one folds into the next? The latter.
Proofread the post: perfect the post to version 3. (Editing day.)
Continue to Add Value to the post: review, reread, improve at regular intervals for a limited time.
Then … Heinlein Rule Three.
MBA purpose template – sequential steps:
Step 1. to provide innovative spoken and written solutions (product/output)
for intense and widespread human problems (market) = TEMPLATE DESIGN for type of product
Step 2. “to information from a variety of sources (input -> process) = INFORMATION collected into Evernote, tagged and bagged.
Step 3. BOTTLENECK — “add value” = filling in the template and creating a publishable post.
Step 4. Review Editing: in harmony with God’s will (evaluative process) = later that week.
Step 5. Visits: and validated/vindicated in the marketplace.” (fruit and fruitful harvest). = six months.
“to add value to information from a variety of sources (input -> process),
to provide innovative spoken and written solutions (product/output)
for intense and widespread human problems (market)
in harmony with God’s will (evaluative process)
and validated/vindicated in the marketplace.” (fruit and fruitful harvest).
To be effective, the book says, simple rules must meet four conditions: They must be
limited in number,
tailored to the person or organization using them,
applied to well-defined activities, and
open to giving people latitude to exercise discretion.
The authors identify two types of simple rules: Those that can help you make decisions and those that can help you do things. Decision rules set boundaries, prioritize alternatives, and establish stopping points …
Process rules help people execute tasks, coordinate group action, and establish the proper timing of tasks.
Define What You Want to Do
Before you can figure out how to do something, you first must define what you want to do. In football, weight training — bench press, back squat, and power clean — was the long-established strength-building strategy of choice. But Stanford Football Performance Coach Shannon Turley looked at the bench press and wondered how it helped an offensive lineman: “In football, if you are on your back, you’ve already lost.” Instead, he focused on what offensive linemen need to do on the field before he formulated a training program designed to help them do their jobs by “staying low and moving other giant men backwards.”
“Although defining objectives may seem obvious,” says Eisenhardt, “they are often — at first, anyway — too vague. Instead, objectives should be precise: The objective of a solar business, for example, might be to become the most profitable provider of rooftop solar systems to California homeowners.”
Choose a Bottleneck
Bottlenecks are “a specific activity or decision where simple rules can exert the greatest impact in helping you move the needles.” Weima Maschinenbau, a German manufacturing equipment maker, had the capacity to fill orders for about 1,000 of its process machines annually. But its sales department was getting 10,000 requests for proposals from customers. The bottleneck: How to quickly figure out which sales requests to pursue in order to maximize the company’s revenues and profits.
“Be sure to choose a substantial bottleneck — a genuinely clogging, recurring activity,” says Eisenhardt. “In business, Google identified such a bottleneck in the challenge of hiring top computer scientists. In online dating, it might be discovering the need to write an effective first message to win over a potential date.”
Craft the Rules
Defining the rules requires taking the time to think through your challenge and involving others — particularly in organizational settings where broad-based input, a shared understanding, and buy-in are critical to formulating and implementing successful rules. That’s why Weima managing director Martin Fritz convened a cross-functional team to come up with the four rules that his company eventually adopted to sort out its wealth of sales opportunities.
“The best rules aren’t just the first ideas that occur to you. Rules you can actually follow usually come from diverse sources,” explains Eisenhardt. “When a St. Louis lawyer struggling with depression crafted her rules, she consulted a few self-help books and a credible website, talked with her doctor, and tracked her own behavior.”
Conquering Complexity With Simple Rules: A Stanford professor offers a better way to make decisions.
April 14, 2015 by Theodore Kinni
QUESTIONS for thinking it through:
How could this clarify my Reality?
How could this benefit if added to my Disciplines?
Who needs to hear this?
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