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Book Notes: Making Ideas Happen – The Action Method

I’m currently studying themes around Action, Execution, and Prioritization.

One of the books I’m reading in this study is Making Ideas Happen by Scott Belsky, the founder and CEO of Behance. According to the author execution is a skill that must be developed by building your organizational habits and harnessing the support of your colleagues.

I’m still reading the book, but I wanted to share with you a few key points I’ve taken away thus far. I highly recommend this if you are someone who tends to be stuck in idea and brainstorm mode. There is extreme creative talent in coming up with ideas that work in and of itself, but what do you do after the idea? 

MAKING IDEAS HAPPEN: GET ORGANIZED

Everything in your life – and I mean everything – should be viewed as a project. Launching your personal brand website is a project. Finishing your painting or that screenplay is a project. Reading the book Making Ideas Happen is a project. Your morning routine is a project. Your relationship with your significant other is a project.

And each project can be broken down into 3 simple compartments to stay ORGANIZED and not get lost in the commotion of ideas and planning. Those 3 main categories are 1.) Action Steps, 2.) References, and 3.) Backburners.

Action Steps = Things you currently need to do to move the idea forward.

References = The information that feeds the idea but is not necessarily action oriented.

Backburners = Things for future consideration.

This is called THE ACTION METHOD. And you can apply to to every area of your life in order to get tangible results, create change, and execute your ideas.

Because that’s what it’s all about isn’t it? Ideas don’t really do yourself or anyone else any service if they aren’t actually put into action.

In fact, a few years ago, I asked a friend of mine who works as a freelance writer why I was struggling to get anything done. She took one look at me and said, “Lauren, it’s because you don’t have any systems.” It hit me like a slap across the face. She was right.

Chaos for creatives is romanticized. If you really want to get shit done with your pursuits, you need to organize the chaos.

About Lauren Rains

Life gets pretty f*cking nuts sometimes, doesn't it? Every day I wake up more to myself and more to this world. This website is an expression of that.

Space Travelers is multi-layered exploration of our existence here on this rock we call Earth. We're going to talk about the matrix, UFOs, and astral travel, and explore our awakening into the divine masculine and feminine. We'll discover our bodies both the physical and subtle body. We'll contemplate the sacredness of mother earth and the concept of who/what the hell made this place in the first place?

I also aim to keep this website rooted and grounded, referring to topics that are effecting us in the here and now, such as fighting against the oppression of women worldwide, pealing away layers of social conditioning greedy capitalists are using to turn us into consumers, and navigating this insane technological revolution before the AI take over. I can geek out on consciousness up in space all day, but life happens here on the ground and this is the time we were born into.

This website is about integrating into our full human experience, aligning with ourselves and with each other, shedding skins and transcending into the unfolding layers of ourselves.

My wish for you, and for myself, is to unfold and evolve into our highest selves. We are spiritual beings having a human experience. We need not sell our souls to the status quo.

I'm on the journey too. I write this blog to speak to others who are waking up, or who desire to wake up. Because we can't do this alone.

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