Do you want to produce quality work of which you can be proud?
In this post I offer a few tips to help you produce solid, quality work that will make your heart sing.
Know how you work.
It may seem a bit clichéd, but knowing how you work is paramount to producing your best work.
Where and when do you feel you work at your best? Do you prefer to work in a busy, noisy space or in a sleepy, quiet one? Do you work best in the morning, afternoon, evening or night?
You may also want to consider the types of tasks you perform throughout the day and the relative ease with which you can complete those tasks. Perhaps you find it easier to run errands towards at the end of the day and do more thought-engaging or creative work in the beginning of the day, or vice versa.
Think about how you feel as you do your work. It might take some time for you to figure out how you work best, but it is well worth it in the long run.
Take stock of your less-than stellar work.
In order for you to produce your best work, it’s necessary for you to identify work from the…”other spectrum” (gasp!). Seriously though, honesty counts here if you’re to make great gains in future. Think back to a time within the past few weeks or months in which you turned in a piece of work with which you weren’t fully satisfied. How would you describe the overall quality of this work? What led you to this conclusion? Were you not happy with the way you worked on the project (perhaps your heart wasn’t really in it), maybe you just did the bare minimum to finish the job because you were under deadline, or you just weren’t feeling motivated that week. Once you know why your work was less-than stellar, you can take appropriate steps to remedy this in future, such as making changes to your schedule, seeking out projects that intrigue or excite you, or buckling down and putting in a solid dose of effort and attention.
Don’t be afraid to ask for what you need in order to work.
Asking for what you need and sticking by it shows you mean business. You’re obviously there to do the job and are serious about doing it well. Don’t be afraid to speak up for yourself and the materials/items/tools you’ll need to get the job done. Need a bit of inspiration? Just think of all those action/adventure movies where there’s some crisis and an expert is called to help the heroes of the movie. The heroes tell the expert they can have anything they need, and the expert rattles off a list of specific requests so they complete the job. While everyday life is not the same as a Hollywood blockbuster storyline, the concept remains: ask for what you need so you can get the job done!
How about you? How do you know when you are producing your best work? What tools or guide points do you use to show that you are indeed on the right path? Join in the conversation and leave a comment below!