When faced with a task to perform, many people often find getting started the hardest part of the entire job. But, as Benjamin Franklin said,
"Well begun is half done".
Getting properly organized, working up a plan of attack, and finding a way to make the job something you can enjoy are key to getting it done right, and getting it done well.
Let's look at some of those points.
1. First and foremost, work on something you truly love
That single step will help to awaken your passion and enthusiasm. If you're a writer, and you love stamp collecting, write a story about that. It doesn't matter if you think it's not a subject others will find interesting.
If you're passionate about it, and put that passion into your writing, others will love your story.
2. Look to make the job something you can relate to
Again, look at the example of writing. If you're given the job of writing a war story and that's not really your favorite subject, look for a way to turn it into something you do like.
Do you enjoy romance stories? Then try writing a love story set during a war; make the war the backdrop for your story, not its focal point.
3. Working environment
Some people need silence to work; others find the lack of noise positively deafening. Does the sound of rock music get your heart pumping and your mind racing with ideas? Then get yourself a stereo or iPod and crank it up!
4. Manageable chunks of work
Often, people will look at a large task and throw up their hands in defeat. How in the world can they possibly overcome something so huge? Split the task up into smaller ones that you can handle.
An example: you're going to set up a stand at a conference.
OK, break it down.
Find out what you have to do to be part of the conference.
Make a list of the things you're going to need in order to operate your stand.
Obtain the items you need, get them ready and so on.
The point is, make each task something small and easy for you to handle.
That leads to the next point:
5. Make a list
Trying to remember everything you have to do is nearly impossible; make a list!
This will help you to focus and organize your thoughts.
Also, as you complete a task, you can check it off of the list. This will give you a feeling of accomplishment and further stimulate you to keep at it.
6. Take small steps first
This goes along with point 4.
When faced with a difficult task, and one that requires great creativity, many people find it hard to get from point A to point Z, especially on one step!
So, don't do it.
As an example, when trying to write a story, start with something simple and build on it.
Do you think the novel trilogy ‘Lord of the Rings’ sprang fully finished from the author's mind? This also goes hand-in-hand with point 5, in a different sort of way.
You start with a very basic premise as item one, maybe even something generic like ‘Once upon a time’ or ‘The boy walked down the street’.
Then start to add things to the story, change them and so forth. As each point becomes more and more complex, you gradually build a full-fledged story.
The same principle can be applied to any creative endeavor.
When looking to tackle a task, you want to excited and driven to get it done and get it done well. The key to that is finding the things that work best for you to do just that.
Not everyone is the same, so don't feel you have to use these items in the exact order or method outlined. Use them as a starting point and modify them as needed to help you find the best means to tapping into your creative streak.
Do that and every job will be a joy.
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