Design Your Work: Praxis Vol. 1 by Tiago Forte




You see, I have to write to know what I think. All my ideas sound brilliant in the echo chamber of my own mind. It is only when I put down my thoughts, letting them stand on their own strength, that I start to see the cracks and imperfections (View Highlight)

Do you know what they found to be the #1 predictor of unhappiness across the entire study? Not paying attention to what you were doing (View Highlight)

  • On initial read I thought this was profound, but on rereading this, I am suspect of the causal nature that Tiago is hinting at here, but I think this may be co-relation more so than causation. If you’re not happy doing something, of course you are not doing to pay attention to it. You are looking for an escape.

Every time you respond to a distraction — a new email in your inbox, a notification on your phone, a red badge on an app — you are training your mind to value the new at the expense of the important. (View Highlight) Focus Distractions New vs Important

In design, you create Affordances when you want your user to do something, and anti-affordances when you want them to not do something. Thus you encourage desired behaviors by making them easier, and discourage undesired behaviors by making them harder. (View Highlight)

The real potential of a digital organizational system is to be a tool for capturing and systematically reminding you of past ideas, inspirations, insights, and connections (View Highlight)
- Note: Aside from Readwise, what other apps help facilitate reminding of these past ideas and thoughts?

The heart of creativity and innovation is making spontaneous connections between seemingly unrelated things (View Highlight)

When I look at successful people, I notice again and again that it is this — the ability to systematically capture and review and deploy their ideas, further strengthening their creative self-esteem, leading them to value and generate more ideas, and so on in a virtuous loop — that really sets them apart. (View Highlight)

The purpose of companies is to build a culture that supports their people. (View Highlight)

The purpose of leaders is to preserve and refine this alignment, to help people align with their work, and the company to align with its people. (View Highlight)

As any product designer will tell you, your main competition is not another new product. It is the status quo. (View Highlight) Your main competition is the status quo

I often recommend “habit cycling”: trying one new habit per month, on a regular schedule. Start on the first of the month, even if you feel unprepared. Especially if you feel unprepared View Highlight)