Turning Into Pro
To turn into pro, you need to pass by many levels of professionalism. The road map of different levels of professionalism.
Stage one is to sit down and work for one hour. The stage is kindergarten. The goal is to present yourself on your work desk every single day for one hour.
In stage two you have to repeat the same task. The next day, the next week, even the next month. At this stage, you do not need to think about quality. The goal is to produce something- a book, run a startup, or something worthy to get the attention of another human being. You are learning how to manage your emotions.
Stage three is to reach the finish line. At this stage, you are standing on your legs and speaking in complete sentences. Now you begin to address quality. You are acquiring skills, craft, and experience. Here you are will produce a product that works and deliver values to others.
Getting stuck in the middle of a project.
When you stuck in the middle of the project, or begin to doubt yourself.
Ask what kind of problem you are facing?
Once you understand the nature of the problem. It will become easy for you to solve it. Here is the list of six common types of problems you can face in your journey.
Inspiration: You are working on a large creative block. You may reach a point when your inspiration runs dry. And you find harder to accumulate the enthusiasm for work.
At this moment, when the tank is empty. Relax and do the other work. A short break will work wonder when you are running low on inspiration.
Mixed Emotions: You will produce a quality outcome when you depend on intrinsic motivation. The opposite is also true, extrinsic motivation- money, and reputation will harm creativity.
To produce quality outcomes. Dedicate a space for creative work, never pollute the space with daydreaming about success.
Personal Problem: Everyone has personal problems in life. You cannot focus when you are dealing with a teething toddler, falling out with your best friend, or battling with an addiction.
Make a habit to treat the work as a refuge. Do not try to be on fire every single day. Appreciate yourself, if you show up at work every single day. And make a small deposition.
Poverty: Lack of cash is a continuing problem. It can also be a problem of short of equipment or other things you need to get the job done.
Presentation Problem: Honing presentation and marketing skills can help you to influence people. You must improve your communication skills. As if you want to succeed in your life. You need to communicate.
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Change in Mindset.
No matter how you behave in the past. But you can choose to act differently in the present.
A conscious decision to not let the mindset of perfectionism control you, but, to think differently and break your limitation to enjoy the creative process.
There are two mental patterns idealism and judgment. Two patterns can lead you to two central emotional states fear and pride.
From a perfectionist point of view, if you produce the thing as you envision in your head. You are at the top of the world. But, if you fail to measure those standards. You become upset.
The mindset can produce incredible work. But, a perfectionist mindset can also lead you to enormous stress. And will stop you to immerse yourself in a new project.
If you do not allow yourself to make something imperfect. You are stopping yourself from receiving proper feedback for necessary growth.
You can take two approaches at each phase of the creative process.
The creative perfectionism approach determines either perfectionism stands in your way or not. And the creative pragmatic approach shows an effective way to do the work.
Thinking of creative perfectionist approach to begin a project: I cannot start a project until I feel a strong level of motivation, an ideal plan to optimize a process, and a large chunk of block to do work.
But, the mindset does not help you to get the things done. And you end up feeling horrible.
Thinking of creative pragmatic approach to begin a project: I will not get any ideal time to start a project. I should set a specific time to do at least one part of the process.
When the time comes. I must start work no matter, how I feel. At the end of the initial start, I should decide, when will I complete the next part of the project.
I know the first stage of working is messy. And the project will take long hours. But it is okay. In this, I will adjust my plans to meet the first requirement.
Thinking of creative perfectionist approach to finish work: I will not say the work is complete. If it is not attaining the ideal set as I envision in the beginning.
Thinking of creative pragmatic approach to finish a work: As I reach the minimum requirement of the project. I can say it complete. Once the project is complete, it does not mean, it will not improve in the future. But, it means, I can submit the work now and move to another project.
The creative perfectionist approach for feedback: If someone points out a mistake or mention something that I did not include. I feel bad. And my expertise and respect are in question. And others will think, I am incomplete.
The creative pragmatic approach for feedback: I appreciate feedback as it helps me to refine my work. I may agree or disagree with the feedback. But, I can choose how I will respond. However, if I never open myself for feedback. I will miss opportunities to improve my work.
Use disengagement to become more creative.
The solution is disengagement when you are working on a sticky problem.
Disengagement with the problem helps you to explore new things. During the downtime period, you can do a different activities. Activities that help you to relax your brain.
You can do meditation or exercise. Meditation trains your brain to reduce stress and make it more alert and focus.
Practice meditation daily can lead you to better use of brain facilities.
However, exercise sharpens your brain and refines every dimension of cognition. The type of exercise does not matter.
There is no definite way to manufacture insight. It depends on what works for you. But you should know when you get too comfortable, creativity stagnates and it is the time to try something else’s.
Explore yourself in your spare time.
Develop a habit of writing pages in the morning. Morning pages allow the free flow of creativity juice. It is the key to unlock brain insight. Unnecessary creation gives you the freedom to explore and allow you to follow your curiosity.
Make a list of projects you would like to complete in your spare time. And set a specific time each week to make progress.
It is difficult to learn new skills during pre-occupied schedule. And it also feels inefficient when you have a lot of work to do. But making a list is a key part of keeping your creative juice follow.
When you give yourself frequent permission to explore with no restriction. You will increase the chance of creativity refinement in all areas of your life.
Take a step forward towards your destiny through creative action. The creative act is inherently risky and it requires you to step outside of your comfort zone.
But when you schedule a time for unnecessary creation. And create a safe place for experiment with a new way of working.
You can create what is in your head. Unnecessary creation develops new skills that you can later use on your demand. Here you can try and fail without dare consequence. You will create new tools in your toolbox that can be used in your everyday work.
So many people are in a race to magnify themselves by doing the popular stuff. And too lazy to think anything better.
You might want quick success. But, the process of refining your voice takes time.
Multi-tasking is a myth.
Humans begin can only multi-task when it comes to automatic behavior, like walking.
Activities that require conscious attention, then there is no such thing as multitasking.
Task switching is the process of switching one task to another. It might feel like you are doing two tasks at once. But, the truth is, you do one thing then another with fewer skills and accuracy.
Multitasking hampers your performance. And it takes long hours to complete your project. No matter how much you think, you are in control. Brain has its agenda.
It is easy to put one task at hold and begin another. But studies show that you will find it difficult to let go of unfinished work.
Like, you are working in the morning and you decide to leave the project unfinished. But the unfinished work could linger in your mind, like a mental itch. And affect your performance.
The best approach is to set a good stopping point on a project. So you can free yourself from nagging questions. Before moving to another project.
Scheduling a time for schedule.
Solitude is essential to listen your inner voice. Even a small amount of time, set for solitude each day, can make an enormous difference in your life. The purpose of solitude is to calm your mind.
Set a time for solitude and make it an essential part of your daily routine. For many people, the ideal time for solitude is in the morning. As the kids are sleeping and everything is quiet. Nothing comes up early to disturb you.
You might scare of solitude, as it means to face yourself without distraction. Practice helps you to make solitude less scary. And with time, you will become comfortable.
How to do solitude? Find a quiet place in the home. Sit straight, keep your eyes open, but do not focus on anything. Focus your attention on breath as it comes in and out from body. With this, you will learn to watch your thought, not to control by them.
In the begging, solitude will become uncomfortable. But, with time, you will get better at it. And learn a lot about yourself.
Planning Renewable time block your workday.
Human beings are not designed to operate continually for a long time. But we are designed to work rhythmically between spending and renewing our energy resources.
Our body follows an ultradian rhythm. It means after every ninety minutes. You will reach the limit of your capacity. It means, now you need a break. But if you try to push yourself after 90 minutes by relying on coffee, sugar, or summoning up your stress hormone. Then there is a price to pay. Align your work closely with the natural rhythm of your body to produce more output.
Develop a habit of taking a small break. Even take proper sleep at night. As sleep is more important than food.
You can go for a week, without eating anything. And the only thing you will lose is weight. But once you give up your sleep even for a few days. You will become dysfunctional.
The power of Frequency.
To excel in any field, you need to work every single day including holidays, vacations, and weekends. This kind of frequent work, make it possible to achieve more for several reasons.
1. It is hard to start a project from scratch. But, working every single day helps you to keep your momentum going.
It prevents you to feel like, you derail from the project. And you do not need to review your work to get back to the track. Because your project is fresh in your mind.
2. Producing the work in a tiny amount, you will expect it to be best. But, if you are producing the work every day then no one day will look particularly important. Someday you will produce more work than others.
3. To achieve quality outcomes, you need to grind yourself with the work. Creativity arises when you constantly work on one idea and it also fertile the land for new ideas.
4. You do not need to acclimate yourself if you work frequently. With time, it will become easier to sit and do your work. Even when you do not have a large chunk of time.
5. You will accomplish more when you work every single day. It also helps you to do your work smoothly and pleasantly.
Setting up an effective routine.
Never begin your day, with other people’s priorities. As when you settle down to do your work. It could be mid-afternoon. And your energy level dips down and your brain slows.
Analysis when your energy level is high and dedicate those hours to work. To enter into a creative zone, stick with the same surrounding, background music, even with the same tools. So they become associate triggers to enter you into the creative zone.
A stunning novel, blog, or a piece of software – achievement like these time. However, this work will never feel like an urgent email waiting in your inbox to respond. But, responding to email is like reacting work.
If you want to create something that stands out from the rest. You need to develop a habit of doing creative work first and reactive work second.
It takes willpower to switch off your phone. But it is better to disappoint a few people, then to surrender your dream for an empty inbox.
Once you set yourself to do work, set a timer, before going to start any work. Dedicate time prevents any task from taking longer than they need.
Set a specific time for doing different work- creative work, meeting, and administration work. Experiment with the time and find the combination to produce more outcomes.
Lay down your negative thought.
Negative distractions that hamper your creative work.
And removing yourself from negative distractions is also not easy.
However, you can use a trick. Write down every negative thought that pops up in your head. And schedule a ten minutes break to review these anxieties and lay them to rest.
You can also replace negative distractions with positive ones. To use a positive distraction technique, set a timer in your clock and race to complete a task. Tie an unrelated reward for task accomplishment after reaching a millstone.
It takes self-control to work in a chaotic environment. Ignoring negative distractions to focus requires mental power. However, some people can keep focus for hours while others cannot.
Many strategies you can use to increase your self-control. Saying ‘yes’ instead of ‘yeah’, flossing your teeth every night before climbing to bed, and improving your posture. These strategies can help you to strengthen your willpower in other areas of your life.
Every person has a different length of time before productivity begins to decline. Length of time varies over the course of a day. Once you find when your energy level is high, you can prevent yourself from exhausting and can do the productive work.
You can even enhance creativity by working between mindful and mindless activities. Mindless activities are simple to service tasks such as performing maintenance tasks, doing chores work, and making photocopies.
When you shift the work from mindful to mindless activities. You actually allow your brain to digest complex information in the relaxing stage. And become more creative.
Relationship with your tools.
Make a healthy relationship with your device. A healthy relationship is taking ownership of your time.
New technology comes with new habits. And as with any good or bad habit. You have to be conscientious.
Develop a healthy relationship with tools, otherwise, you will lose perspective and become slaves. As you begin to trust technology, you lose faith in yourself and your born instinct. However, there is still a part of life. That will not become better with technology.
Heroes are the once that can calm the buzzing and jigging of the outside world. These people follow their path until they learn to work.
It is your choice where you want to direct our attention.
Develop self-awareness by setting boundaries. You need to clear your attention before logged in to your social media account.
Social media is not a bad tool as it helps you to engage and expand your world. It provides you counter fewer opportunities for personal and professional growth.
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Above article is the extract version of the book “Manage Your Day to Day Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind summary ” written by “Jocelyn K. Glei”.
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