You know how when something comes naturally to you, you don’t think anything of it?
I have that problem. Big time.
I was having coffee with my friend Jessica Rose Williams a few days ago, and she said to me: “You must work so much. You put out so much content!” And to that I replied: “I don’t actually work all hours of the day, I just work fast.” At that she said: “Tell me how!”
It hadn’t really occurred to me until that moment that maybe there was something in this “working fast” that I do that I could share with the rest of you! I’m going to be honest though, this comes so naturally to me that I’ve genuinely had to sit down and ponder over it… how do I ACTUALLY work so fast?
But after a little bit of thought whilst out walking my dog (this is when most of my good thinking happens!) I’ve come up with a couple of practical tips that I hope will help you to work fast, and save time.
Know When You Work Best:
Everyone has a time of day during which they’re most productive. As I type this, it’s 8:40am in the morning. I’m writing this now, because I know that between the hours of 7:30am and 10:30am are when I’m at my most productive for writing content. It’s a small window of time, but I use it to it’s full potential. I make sure that I try to keep as many of my mornings as free as possible. I’m still productive in the afternoons, however I keep them for doing things like: photoshoots, editing, research, because these activities require me to be more creative, and a bit less *focused.* Spend some time thinking about what times of day you feel most in your groove to do certain activities. You might write best between 2:30pm and 5pm. Or maybe you’re really creative at 9pm at night. Whenever that is, figure it out, and keep that time sacred!
Done is better than perfect:
This is such a popular saying now, and I don’t even know who first said it (if you know, tell me!), but I think I’ve subconsciously always embodied it (even when I was at school!). You can probably spend hours and hours perfecting things, but the reality is that no one is likely to notice. I’ve been publishing content, sharing images, writing Instagram captions, and producing podcasts with this mentality for a long time now… and it’s done nothing but bring me good things! So write your content, give it a scan, if what you want to say is there and it’s legible, hit publish!
*side note* I believe there is a time and place for things to be perfect. I.e. when you’re pitching yourself for the biggest job of your career, those sorts of things. But the vast majority of the time, done is definitely better than perfect!
When it comes to writing content, recording a podcast, or producing a photoshoot, I never approach them unprepared. Everything I do has a plan. I spend time making sure I’ve gathered my ideas, written out bullet points of every point I want to cover in a blog post, or put together a great moodboard before a shoot. Planning doesn’t take very long (and if you’re spending hours on your planning, you probably need to go back to the “done is better than perfect” mentality again). But what planning does mean is that when you come to actually DO THE THING you know what you’re doing, and you can get it done far quicker than if you’re trying to plan, and do the thing all at once. See my post here about how I plan my blog posts.