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This week on Soak: Vacations, Info Product, Web3, Structures, and Shortcuts
I was on vacation for the last 2 weeks, which means lots of beach days and long walks with the family.
There aren’t many things I rather do than hiking with my GF and our son. There’s always a lot of fun, silliness, a bit of learning, and many pictures. 😍
Aren’t they lovely? 😀
Quick recap on this week’s edition:
Structures & Systems
1. 🧽 What I’m Soaking In
I’m building my first info product!
As I was writing a note on my PKM system about the Creator Economy, it started to get super detailed so I decided to diverge into a side project.
Based on a lot of articles, online courses, books, and my own experience, I’m creating an e-book about the Creator Economy and how to be part of it.
It’s a step-by-step manual on choosing the right goals, fields, platforms, and tools for a successful entrance into The Creator Economy.
It’s interesting because I’m writing it and putting it into practice at the same time, so basically if I can successfully launch the e-book and make some sales, it will mean that the material works and it may be useful to others.
It’s the Self Fulfilling Prophecy at its best! 😎
I’m planning to launch it on Gumroad by the end of the year, and I’ll be sharing some snippets along the way on Twitter, so any feedback will be highly appreciated!🙏
I'm not a Web3/Crypto/Blockchain kind of person.
My experience with crypto was a 10X return on a 10 dollars investment I made in 2017. I cashed out in 2021.
I kept watching people talking about Web3 but never knew what was that all about.
Then I stumbled upon this thread from Misha and I recommend everyone to read the papers, especially if you aren’t interested in this stuff.
I'm still not a Crypto guy, but now I understand a lot more about what’s going on (and I’m only halfway through the papers).
3. 💭Something to Think About
I can’t express how much this idea has impacted me in the last couple of months.
I have known for a long time that the quest for perfectionism is just procrastination in disguise, so I knew that overthinking and overplanning were harmful to execution.
But this idea adds an extra layer:
Not only can it be harmful to force structure into a system, but that system is not yet worthy of structure!
This idea is based on Gall's Law:
A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that worked. The inverse proposition also appears to be true: A complex system designed from scratch never works and cannot be made to work. You have to start over, beginning with a working simple system.
John Gall - Systemantics: How Systems Really Work and How They Fail
Basically, if we increase the complexity too soon, we are dooming a system to fail.
Focusing too much on the How and too little on the What made me fail more times than I would like to admit.
Have you ever fallen for this mistake?
4. 🦊 80/20
Work smarter, not harder. 80% of the results, with 20% of the work.
Shortcuts & hotkeys are sexy af, right?
If you use Google tools, constantly opening new docs can become a tedious task, and steal precious time of your day. Do this for a quicker alternative.
Open your browser (Cmd/Ctrl+T), and type the following:
doc.new - Open new Google Docs file
sheets.new - Open new Google Sheets file
slides.new - Open new Google Slides file
cal.new - Open new Google Calendar entry
To complete this short list, a fix for those annoying moments when you want to select a browser tab but you close it by mistake. Just hit Cmd/Ctrl+Shift+T and the last closed tab is once again opened. Keep doing this for as many tabs as needed.
And that’s it for this week’s edition.
From this week on, SOAK will enter your inboxes every Tuesday, because I think weekends are overrated. 😁
Thank you for doing this with me, I hope I’ll see you next week!