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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? 


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

Hi my name is Lauren Rains. I write about the human experience. Through thick and thin, I’m dedicated to growth, adventure, integrity, and love. The Mad To Live is based on my pursuits, experiments, research, and lessons of challenge and triumph in all areas of life, including being entrepreneur, a writer, a philosopher, a traveler, a teacher, a student, a creative, a friend, a daughter, a sister, a significant other, a stranger and the list goes on. At the end of the day, I believe human beings are here for two reasons: 1.) to love one another with total acceptance, and 2.) to see what we’re made of as we create the possibilities for an abundant life for ourselves and for others. No more bullshit, let's just enjoy our lives.

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