The Machine

Attention is the Rarest and purest form of generosity.
— ~ Simone Weil

The Promise

Together we can build a machine (read - a system, a process) who's sole input is attention and whose product (result, output) is pure joy (intangible; satisfaction, excitement) and cash (tangible; wealth via creating value). The machine is build of components (individual processes). Each component can be started and finished independently. Each component also interact with, and contribute to, the machine as a whole. 

Examination

To maintain it’s adaptability, this machine requires components to be modular. Each component has a discrete, un-enmeshed, input, an executable process, and a discrete output. Since components are modular, the process they contain can be improved upon or replaced without replacing the system as a whole.

The machine has clear and apparent boundaries. Components that are ‘In System’ are complete, can be trusted to function as expected, and are understood to be the best available. Ideas and processes outside the system can researched and experimented with independently without having to rely on them long term. I find it helpful to have a trial period for new components where they are used in the system for a short period of time in order to determine if they are a viable replacement for a current component.

Action

► List the components of your current system

Components could include a description of your creative processes, communication tools, and how you manage your work and your time. List your food, sleep, and exercise habits. Abstract concepts like decision making and negotiation processes go on the list, as do more concrete things like how you budget.


Why you won’t do it.

  1. ‘This isn’t that important’

  2. ‘I don’t really have any components, let alone a system.’

  3. I don’t know where or how to list all this stuff.

How to do it anyway.

  1. Yes it is. In order to develop new tools, you have to examine what how you currently operate, commuicate, and make decisions.

  2. Components might not be clearly distinct (un-enmeshed) at first so start with a draft list of what you have.
  3. For now, list it anywhere you can find it later.
Johnathan Deckert