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Productivity and permaculture with Marie Poulin

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Anne-Laure Le Cunff
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Marie is a co-founder of a creative digital agency and launched a SaaS platform for creators with her husband, and discusses the interconnection between permaculture and digital gardens, building creativity systems, activating your ideas, avoiding burnout, creating empathy, and more.

Permaculture

  • Is about designing for regenerative systems, using principles based on nature to create more productivity 
  • Being aware of your inputs and outputs and maximizing efficiency

Sustainability and Virtuous Cycles

  • When people think of systems they think of rigid frameworks, but not Marie
  • She thinks in terms of self sustaining systems
  • She started using Notion to store her permaculture notes, eventually turning it into a digital garden for her

Habit Building

  • Habit building and processes for different parts of her life help her
  • Makes her goals visible and easy to achieve
  • Notion allows her to visualize her goals and see the ones she needs to focus on

Design Thinking

  • A framework for solving problems that are human-focused
  • In her case, software only solved a technical problem, not the human ones that stopped them from shipping
  • Design thinking helped her to empathize with clients and help them achieve their goals incrementally

Systems Prevent Burnout

  • Marie has fallen victim to burnout
  • When you don't have a good system to keep track of things, that's when your mental RAM goes over capacity
  • Good systems can help foster creativity
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