Create the Conditions to Do Good Work


I recently moved into a new office space, a space that I’m very excited about.

It’s got tall ceilings, natural light, hardwood floors, nobody below me, nobody above, and it’s in one of the most walkable neighborhoods of Portland, Oregon.

But those are just the features.

The real benefit of this space is (hopefully) the fact that I’ll be able to create the conditions to do good work here.

As I’ve been thinking about this new space and how I intend to use it, I’ve realized that there are some parallels between how I encourage folks to approach the development and use of their sketchnoting skills and how I’m trying to approach the development of my career and the things I’m making within it.

The Core Components of Sketchnoting

With sketchnoting I’m encouraging people to seek out the combination of materials and the specific process that’s well suited to the situation in which they’re taking notes and what they hope to get out of it.

The goal in this case is to take notes that are actually impactful, that help you to take action on the ideas that you’re capturing.

The Core Components of Entrepreneurship

This new office of mine is connected to the work that I do as an independent entrepreneur.

What I personally am working toward here is the combination of working environment (i.e. the materials) and daily habits and routines (i.e. the process) that’s well suited to my personality and work style so that I can put into the world work that I’m proud of and work that others find value in.

Just as there’s no such thing as the single perfect pen or notebook, there’s no such thing as the single perfect office or daily routine. There will be things that I don’t like about this office space. And one day I might have to leave it, for one reason or another. That’s fine. But while I’m here I’m going to make the most of what it has to offer.

I encourage you to approach your sketchnoting in a similar way. Make the most of what you’ve got available to you right now, despite the imperfections of that setup, and unattached to what you find perfect about it. Because things are going to keep changing no matter what. That’s what makes life interesting.

Okay, I’m gonna get back to setting this place up.

Cheers,

-Doug

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Want To Dig Deeper?

If you’re new to the idea of sketchnoting and excited to develop more visual thinking tools, I think you’d enjoy our foundational course An Introduction To Visual Note-Taking.

If you’re an educator interested in bringing visual note-taking into your classroom, check out Sketchnoting In The Classroom.

If you’d like to start using sketchnotes as a supporting tool when learning a foreign language, check out Learn a New Language with Sketchnotes.

If you’d like to use your sketchnoting skills to develop and deliver and online course, check out Build an Online Course with Sketchnotes.

If you’d like to use your sketchnoting skills to make engaging videos, check out How To Make Sketchnote Videos.

And if you want to create new personal and professional opportunities by sharing the authentic journey of your skill development online, check out Learn In Public.