Getting Things Done

IMG_2178Getting Things Done by David Allen has been on my reading list for years. From the moment I heard about it, I knew it was a book I needed to read but never got around to it. Now as a director of a department, I owed it to my team to learn how to get things done and to remain stress free.

“You need to set up systems and tricks that get you to think about your projects and situation more frequently, more easily, and in more depth.”

Within just a few weeks of reading the book, I’ve been able to reach some pretty big goals of mine. There were so many times when I was about to give up on a step to a big project but knew if I kept going, I’d have the joy of marking it off my list. Getting Things Done helped break down the to-do list into simple questions: Can I do this in less than two minutes? What’s the next action?

“No matter how big and tough a problem may be, get rid of confusion by taking one little step towards the solution. Do something.” George F. Nordenholt

It also allowed me to share what I learned with my team. When David Allen recommended creating physical file folders, at first I thought it was old-fashion but as I put his advice to practice, I noticed how ready I was to answer questions, give information, and easily switch gears from project to project. The goal is to free up your mind to do more proactive and creative thinking, to think less about what you need to do and to think more about the things you need to do.

A vision without a task is but a dream, a task without a vision is drudgery, a vision and a task is the hope of the world.” From a church in Sussex, England 1730

Discovering when my energy level was at its highest and lowest has helped me tattle the projects more affectedly. Mornings for me is when my brain is the most active, so that’s when its best to learn something new, work with numbers, or brainstorm. Using every minute of the day to keep getting things done, whether its reaching a goal, making your deadlines at work or making time to spend with the people you love, it all can be done by taking the time to learn how to plan and prepare.

“People are always blaming their circumstance for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them” George Bernard Shaw

Stop worrying about what you need to do, and create a to-do list – everyday. 🙂

 

Audio Interview: Documentry Filmmaker, Tony Poon

I recently worked on a freelance project for a friend who lives in Hong Kong. Tony started his own film production company a few years ago and since then has worked with many non-profits around the world. He invited me to assistant with subtitles and color grade his latest documentary and to cut the trailer together.

We just completed the project and I asked him for an interview to discuss the different things he learned and to give some insight on being a freelance filmmaker.

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No Pride Allowed

One of the biggest lesson I’ve learned as an editor is – no pride allowed. It took me sometime to understand this but the more I was confronted with my pride the more I had to see the importance of the sacrifice. I have a job to do and I am useless as an editor if I take things personally.
You see, if someone else is paying me to get a job completed, its my job to do the best I can. When an item is cut or never played I can leave the project saying I tried my best and it just didn’t work out. When I am told to go back to the drawing board, I have to remember what the overall goal is.
Its easy to take your creative work personally, after all you are the creator who is pouring heart and time in to it. But in order to move forward, you have to sacrifice some pride. Gather your skills, knowledge, and your experience and be prepared to make a compromise. Its about the greater purpose of the project.
Sacrificing your pride also helps you get better. If you don’t let it get you down, then you can reflect and see where you can approve. Even if you feel you were right, learn your clients style. You are expected to pour your heart and creativity in to a project and to care about your work but don’t get so attach to your version that it limits you. If you want to be an editor, be prepared to grow as a person. Your videos will benefit from it.

Photos: My Editing Space

I have spent most of my twenties doing what I love: Editing. If I lived in the early 1900’s you know what I would be doing? Cutting film. No matter where I go, a nice editing suit finds me.

Here is my current work station:

As for my personal space at home, its very simple and mobile. It’s where I am sitting now.

Here is a picture from my early rookie days: Hillsong’s basement in Australia

Next year I’m moving to Canada and am confident I will find an editing suit..actually one will find me.