In the National Football League, most teams run many of the same plays and they have adapted those plays over the years to work for their specific scheme and personnel.
That’s a great way to look at where we should spend our time when working on projects.
There is so much content online that other creators have put out freely to be helpful and we can utilize those pieces to eliminate the need to create everything from scratch ourselves.
We first need to determine what is the most important for us to shape and mold ourselves and what isn’t as important and can be adapted slightly using templates and content available.
Too often, we waste hours on something that has already been created, and borrowing it, as the creator intended, is a perfectly viable option. We should be looking to spend the majority of our time on creating the work that makes us come alive and leaving the less important and mundane aspects to adopting things already out in the world.
Spending a little time researching opportunities to not reinvent the wheel upfront can save us a ton of time and energy on the back-end.
Optimization –the action of making the best or most effective use of a situation or resource.
It’s not about using the most gadgets to help us or getting things done as quickly as possible. It’s about the thoroughness and focuses we put into the work.
If we have 30-minutes to complete something, shouldn’t we put 30 good hard minutes in?
Instead of figuring out how to get as much done as possible, we might consider what things are the most important to get completed and then doing those as best as we are able to. If we get to the others that would be a bonus.
Sometimes the most effective use of our time is not completing a task at all
As we practice, our best can get better, and therefore the craftsmanship we are able to put into a project improves and the rate we can judge whether something is worthy to complete or not will become amplified.