Design Pickle June 2017

June 2017

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WORK SMARTER AND HARDER ANALYZE AND SYSTEMIZE TO GET WHAT YOU WANT

know that you’re hardworking, but are you smartworking ? Like many companies, Design Pickle has a set of core values that guide us in business and in life, and one of the biggest ones is “smartworking.” We aim to do things in the most efficient way possible, creating systems and processes we can rely on down the road.

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June is an excellent time to consider how smartworking your company is. Many of you experience slowdowns during the summer, and you might have extra bandwidth for internal projects. At Design Pickle, we use our summers to evaluate ways we can improve internally and ultimately be more smartworking. We’re not just working at the business; we’re working on the business. This culminates next month with our “Summer Staycation,” a mid-year review that focuses on where we’ve been so far, and how we can improve for the final six months of the year. I believe stagnation kills, whether you’re talking about a business partnership, a personal friendship, or a romantic relationship. When you stop looking for ways to improve, you stop caring. What happens after your summer slowdown? Will you have done your

best to improve your team, company, systems, and other areas to serve your clients? If you are smartworking, the answer is yes!

“I believe stagnation kills, whether you’re

We didn’t have to change much in order to take this trip and have a location-independent company. From the early days, we’ve designed our own processes, and chosen tools like Slack and Trello, to build a company that supports remote execution. Smartworking works outside the business world too. My daughter finished up sixth grade with the last month and a half completed remotely. We home-schooled her on our trip, but her projects couldn’t have happened without her smartworking teachers back in the United States. They set up a Google classroom with lesson plans I was able to facilitate each week. It worked out phenomenally, and it was a shining example of how smartworking can be implemented. What do you want from your company? Remote work? More time to travel? A specific revenue number? Take the summer slump as a gift this year, and use it to analyze and systemize your business to get the kind of company you want.

As we’ve become more smartworking, the vision for Design Pickle has really sprung to life. I just returned from an extended stay in Belize, which I talked about earlier this year. relationship. When you stop looking for ways to improve, you stop caring.” talking about a business partnership, a personal friendship, or a romantic

Now that’s smartworking!

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