Three Tiny Things

June 28, 2012 by Gabe | [mmd] |

Michael starts a project with two initial pillars, a TextExpander snippet and a new OmniFocus folder.1

I start a project in a similar way. For any reasonably complex project, I create the following, in this order:

  1. An NVAlt/Dropbox note describing the project
    • The Goal Statement
    • The Project Statement
  2. An Outline or mind map
  3. An OmniFocus folder

The goal statement never gets edited. I keep it as a reminder of why I started the project. I'll add more goals or modify them, but I keep that initial statement.

The project statement is a guide to accomplishing the goal. It's generally just a few lines that broadly describe what I plan to do.

The mind map is a quick way to do a "mind dump" but provide some context and give a high level view of complexity. The Project Statement helps get the outline going.

The OmniFocus folder is where everything will get distilled into actions.

These are sanity checks for when I begin to get caught up in minutia These are my anchors to what I really want.

Goal Statement Example

Goal: Get Macdrifter off of WordPress and onto a platform that is less obtuse and closer to HTML, CSS and JS.

I want to enjoy working on the site as much as posting to it.

Project Statement Example

- Research and choose a platform that will allow me to control every aspect of the site.

- Either learn a new language or get better at Python.

- Self hosted on my own domain.

- Posts stored in plain text as well as DB

- Replace WP Plugins

- Migrate WP content

- API for posting from text editor on iOS

- Must support TypeKit or similar

- Implement new platform on subdomain

- Restyle site


  1. I'm sure Michael starts there and then adds a lot more. For me, it's not a project until I have my foundation built. 

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