Make a plan. Write it down. Do it every day.
You have lots of stuff to do. You have a film to edit, a client to call back, a birthday gift to buy, laundry to wash, dinner to make. And that’s just today, and it’s not even all of it.
How do you do all of that effectively, thoughtfully, collaboratively, without missing your deadlines and without stressing out?
Learn more about us and our approach.
Macktez works with creative companies to develop and implement solutions based on technology. We are a team of 20 consultants working in different locations. We often need to hand off responsibilities for entire clients, particular projects, and specific tasks. We’ve developed a set of tricks based on our own internal workflow and our experiences with 600 clients over the past 20 years.
By using these tricks — even just some of them — you will get better at:
– making deliberate choices about your time
– focusing your attention
– making daily progress on your projects and goals
– working collaboratively with a partner or with a whole team
Why Yellow? The color yellow naturally draws our attention and makes us focus. That’s why a school bus is yellow — you can see a yellow school bus from far away on a busy street, and when you do, you focus on it. You can’t help it: you drive more deliberately.
Once you start noticing yellow you can’t stop. In a store, on your desk, walking down the street — yellow always stands out and reminds you to focus. That’s why we started our Museum of Yellow Objects.
Taken together we call these tricks Working Yellow.
We share our suite of tricks in three workshops. The first one is Planning, the second is Doing, and the third is Collaborating, which is really just Planning and Doing Together.
In the first workshop, Planning, we learn about
– the power of deadlines,
– the importance of writing things down, and
– how to break any project into actionable tasks so that when you’re ready to get to work you know exactly what you need to do next.
In the second workshop, Doing, we learn how important it is to have
– the right tools,
– the right environment, and
– the right frame of mind to step effectively through your tasks and not lose focus.
And in the third workshop, Collaborating, or Planning and Doing Together, we learn
– how a good meeting differs from a good conversation,
– tips for good documentation,
– the importance of being explicit with your teammates about roles, goals, and responsibilities, and
– how to apply lessons from the first two workshops to a collaborative work environment.
If you’re interested in attending our periodic workshops at our office on Grand Street or would like to host our workshops for your own team, let us know.