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[1] In an effort to counteract information overload, I've started qualifying much of my written communication with a certain taxonomy.  Since I won't be able to explain it to everyone, I'm writing this blog, which I'll send people to when they ask "what are the numbers all about?"  I've even made a Magic Decoder Ring below. Well, technically it's more of a rectangle than a ring, but you get the idea.

I'm putting numbers in front of much of what I write in our internal company communications.  I usually don't do it publicly, although I might start to, if it works well.  For example, if I were writing this blog internally, I'd give it a [1], since it's of low priority.  That doesn't mean it's not valuable, it just means you won't need the information to do your job effectively -- think of a [1] as an "FYI, a [2] of "I need a response when you can" and a [3] as "urgent -- I need an answer right now".  We'll see how well this works.  I've been using it for a few days and it feels good so far from my perspective.  Feel free to leave your comments below telling me how you perceive it as a recipient.

Right-click here, then choose "save as" to download the image below.

[1] In an effort to counteract information overload, I've started qualifying much of my written communication with a certain taxonomy.  Since I won't be able to explain it to everyone, I'm writing this blog, which I'll send people to when they ask "what are the numbers all about?"  I've even made a Magic Decoder Ring below. Well, technically it's more of a rectangle than a ring, but you get the idea. I'm putting numbers in front of much of what I write in our internal company communications.  I usually don't do it publicly, although I might start to, if it works well.  For example, if I were writing this blog internally, I'd give it a [1], since it's of low priority.  That doesn't mean it's not valuable, it just means you won't need the information to do your job effectively -- think of a [1] as an "FYI, a [2] of "I need a response when you can" and a [3] as "urgent -- I need an answer right now".  We'll see how well this works.  I've been using it for a few days and it feels good so far from my perspective.  Feel free to leave your comments below telling me how you perceive it as a recipient. Right-click here, then choose "save as" to download the image below.

Fight to do good work

Ira Glass, the creator of This American Life and one of our generation's most prolific storytellers, has some great advice for artists that applies equally well to entrepreneurs:  There's a time in your life when you are making stuff that you know isn't as good as you want it to be. You just have to get through it, and keep doing lots of work to break past this point where most people quit.

Watch Ira tell it in detail:

Ira Glass, the creator of This American Life and one of our generation's most prolific storytellers, has some great advice for artists that applies equally well to entrepreneurs:  There's a time in your life when you are making stuff that you know isn't as good as you want it to be. You just have to get through it, and keep doing lots of work to break past this point where most people quit. Watch Ira tell it in detail:

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