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Memos to Yourself

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I’ve started writing letters to myself before making important business decisions. Most of them are 500-1,000 words. In them, I outline my reasoning and lay out the best counter-arguments to my plan.

The original idea came from Amazon’s culture of writing memos.

In a sense, a lot of blogging complements this idea: to think through things on the page rather than just in your head.

At work recently I experienced this; in writing up the logic for a decision to justify it and the alternatives considered, I changed my mind about my recommendation.

I find writing things out by hand also helps me process better and the lack of structure is less of a block. And then this next step of writing out rationale seems useful too in honing in on what truly impacted your decision and what’s really important.

By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at She/her.

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