If it is, it can be found in a book – one of my favorites: Exploiting Chaos:
As a creative person, you were no doubt thinking of many ideas reading this book. What will you do with those ideas?
Always curious, J.P. Morgan replied, "I do not know what is in the envelope, however, if you show me and I like it, I give you my word as a gentlemen that I will pay you what you ask."
The man agreed, handing J.P. Morgan the envelope.
When J.P. examined the note, he reached for his checkbook and paid the man the agreed upon sum of $25,000. In one of his presentations, Tom Peters revealed the advice that was on the piece of paper:
- Every morning, write a list of things that need to be done that day.
- Do them.
If you want to Exploit Chaos, the time to act is always now.
You can find this "post" towards the end of Exploiting Chaos (check out the sample preview of the book (pdf)).
Allow me to say a few things about why I'm putting this up for you to read:
- Notice Item #1: "…to be done that day." It doesn't say everything you have to do to get to zero-to-do-list.
- I've already shared that this book gives great examples of "writing for the web" reader with Supercharged headlines (you can read about them on page 250); short, pithy paragraphs; eye rests galore; take-away quote at the bottom.
- You should be reading RSS feeds and jotting down your ideas (and act upon them)
- Because of the speed of change in our world today, it's imperative you become a Trend Hunter in your field (and the fringe!)
- The folks behind this "textbook" are looking for new team members, including some Social Mediaticians (I am soooo tempted to throw my name in the ring)
So as you approach Monday morning, just list the things to be done that day, hmm? And if Sunday isn't quite over for you yet, go grab a copy of Exploiting Chaos:
*The story appears in Slide #288 of Tom Peters Re-Imagine deck and page 262 of the book Exploiting Chaos