10 rules for performance


At first glance, such different artists as Internet entrepreneur Jack Dorsey, writer Haruki Murakami and designer Roland Zwick from Studio 7.5, a little common. In fact, the principles that they and other prominent creative people are guided by when implement their ideas are very similar. 10 rules to help you work more productively.

10 rules to help you work more productively:

1. Start to do something

The ability to be active is the most common trait that was discovered hundreds of talented professionals and entrepreneurs in the course of the study factors in the success of artists. Despite the fact that it is difficult to overestimate the importance of training, it is very easy to get lost in uncertain planning and just dreams. You need to force yourself to take action — and the sooner, the better. This is important because in the moment when you start to do something, you start getting valuable feedback that will allow you to improve your original plan and look at it more consciously.

2. Start small

While our ideas in our heads, we usually come up with large and clear designs. The problem is that such thinking initially raises the bar for the implementation of the idea. To avoid the «fear of the white sheet», start with small ideas that can be quickly implemented. You can get the experience to conduct large-scale festival, having a party, to build a skyscraper in miniature, and iPhone app start to draw on paper. Once you test your idea on a small scale, you will be much more understanding how to implement it at a higher level.

3. Try

Trial and error is a key part of any creative work. Says American artist and teacher Zack Frank, of course, when we implement the idea in the first place, it turns out badly. It is important to highlight the experience gained in the implementation process and use it to improve the idea — to create a new, improved version. Creative people such as Jack Dorsey, Ben Kaufman, and Studio 7.5, I believe that prototyping and constant testing is the key to transform mediocre ideas into the product, changing the rules of the game. Instead of panicking after failures, be nice to them and learn from them. Then make a new prototype. And again. Sooner or later you will hit the target.

4. Formulate projects simple goals and constantly go back to them

When we work on large projects, we produce many new ideas. This can lead to a progressive expansion of the project goals and to ensure that we begin to produce the spirit. This insidious habit can make the impossible real goals. The easiest way to avoid it is to articulate and record the basic tasks at the beginning of each project (if you have partners, make sure that your full consent). Then you need to constantly towards these goals to come back.

5. Work on your project a little every day

In projects that require a large infusion of creative resources (development of a new business plan, writing a novel, or simply learn new skills), it is very important to maintain the momentum. For example, if you run every day, training is becoming easier and easier — in the same way to train the brain. Encourage him every day, and the creative potential will be realized much easier. As proven by Jack Cheng in his text Thirty Minutes A Day, it’s not how much you do, but how regularly you do it.

6. Develop a routine

In order to work on your project every day, you need to find the time. The daily routine seems boring and dull idea, but it creates the basis for present inspiration. In his recent memoir What I Talk About When I Talk About Running the famous Japanese writer Haruki Murakami writes about how strict mode — rise at 5 am and lights out at 10 PM every day — critical for his amazing creative productivity.

7. Break big long-term projects into smaller stages

To manage expectations and keep motivated to work on in a year or more, you need to split it into chunks that can be completed in a few weeks or a month. Double benefit from this approach is that the project seems more manageable, there is an additional motivation for work. It is very important sometimes to step away to appreciate what has already been done, even if there is still a long way to go.

8. Down with unnecessary meetings

Little training is as unnecessary from the point of view of performance, as a collection. If you need to meet (and it’s a really big if), make sure that all know what. If someone from the audience can not help achieve the ultimate goal of your meeting, let him go. Director of Qwest Teresa Taylor in a recent interview NYT»s Corner Office said that begins its meetings on the issue: «we All know why we’re here?» and then continues: «All need to be here?». To reduce the time of internal meetings, you can also try to hold meetings standing — standing meeting.

9. Learn to say «no»

Creative energy is not infinite. Experienced creatives know that your energy and attention must be carefully protected. Take, for example, writer Tim Collins. His books Built to Last and Good to Great have sold millions of copies, and thanks to his quick thinking, he is in great demand as a consultant. But despite the fact that Collins asks for more than $60,000 in public speaking, he holds them not more than 18 times a year. If it acted more often, then he would have no time left to concentrate on his research and writing bestsellers. When you are in production mode, do not forget that the «new features» means separation from the immediate work process. To say there is no need to not be wasted on trivia.

10. Remember that even rules that allow you to work effectively, designed to be broken

Rules should be followed only as long as they work. If you can’t move forward because of his schedule, try something else. This can be a long journey, a trip to the art Museum, walk around the house or a conversation with a stranger — something that will shock you. Violation of habits allows you to cover the idea with fresh eyes and recharged again to plunge into the work.

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