7 Must-Have Checklist for Your Next Project or Task13 August 2020
Yesterday, we were out to work with a client on a video production.
We did this in partnership with one of our professional media partners.
Here are seven lessons we learned from carrying out this task (project):
1. Have a checklist of items needed for the project you are about to work on
The success of any project hinges on the necessary tools available. In order for you not to miss out on any tool or items, create a checklist of all that you need before the project starts.
Sometime, you can do this one week before the project or 3 days before.
2. Break tasks into chunks
If you have a project that would last 2 to 5 hours plus, it is very important that you break them into what we call ‘chunkables’. That helps you finish one item, take a breather, and move to the next items.
From research, it is advisable to take a break after a 90 minute straight task.
It helps reduces error and fatigue.
3. If, possible, have items you would use on project site
After creating your checklists (or what we call task-lists), it is advisable to get all the things you need and take them to wherever the project would be executed.
We have seen situations where, some items that were needed are procured while the project is already been executed.
This can actually be avoided. Why? It helps saves you wasted time and extra expenses that could arise.
4. Have one or few friends around
The presence of trusted and jolly friends around helps you to ease the burden of the project. In between tasks, there would be gists and banters that stirs up laughter or good memories.
That alone, psychologically, reduces stress.
Again, having them around, they would be able to help with small tasks here and there that doesn’t require professionalism or high level skill demand.
Their few suggestions here and there can also be game changing sometimes. Moreover, you have people to bounce ideas of.
5. Limit or avoid distractions
If there is anything you don’t need at all or less of, it is distraction in whatever form and mould.
If you need someone to be at the gate or at the door or you need to bolt the door, it has to be done.
There are different forms of distractions. It could be physical like the one mentioned above, and it could be emotional. It could be psycho-social. It could be financial. It could be logistics. It could be anything that takes away your attention of the goal or project you need to accomplish.
Whatever ways you can use to reduce this or stop it, you have to.
6. Pre-practice reduces hitches
There are projects that when you practice before the time, that could help you achieve the set tasks or project in quick time.
When you pre-practise, you save time and frustration doesn’t set in when you are right on the project.
Practice. Rehearse. Visualise. See the end from the start. Do whatever you need to do to get you ready for the main project.
7. Know your craft
This can’t be overemphasized – KNOW YOUR CRAFT!
Be professional at what you do. Draw from your past experiences. Connect with your inspiration. Intuit. Ideate. Flow. Futurise.
Know your craft. It makes every project a joy when you are working with someone who knows his or her craft.
At the of the recording, we all left feeling awesome and knowing that the project was a good one.
The feedback from the client after the project was heartwarming.
What else would you add to this list?