5 Steps To Doing Things Right The First Time

Do Things Right The First Time

Do Things Right The First Time

I wrote a blog post yesterday about doing things right the first time and so I thought maybe I should write a very prescriptive outline of how to actually do things right the first time.

1. Pick The Right Things

Pick the RIGHT things to do. This means prioritize correctly and choose things that truly matter. If you are having a hard time doing this, make a list of the top 10 things you need to do, and then prioritize them.

Lifehacker posted a really great article about how to prioritize when everything is important. Check it out if you are looking for a good list of ways to prioritize. In other words, prioritization is the first step to doing things right the first time.

2. Take Your Time

It is so easy to rush through your to-do list or the activities that you have prioritized. Instead of rushing, take a huge deep breath and slow down.

Sometimes, after drinking a nice cup of coffee, it might be really hard to slow down to do things right. But you will be surprised how a little extra thought goes a long way.

So how do you do this? Next time you have a task, once you have completed the task, take some extra time to completely review your work and go over it with a fine tooth comb. Even if it is something you do every day or that you are an expert in, review anyways.

The extra time that you spend reviewing your work will help you increase the quality. It’s kind of like reading a text message for a second time before you send it. You usually end up finding something you can edit before sending it off!

3. Do Your Research

I cannot tell you the importance of research  in order for doing things right the first time. Research has so many forms.

  1. Hit up Google, Bing, and Yahoo and search for 3-4 keywords related to your topic.
  2. Talk to your family, coworkers, and people on social media. Everyone has an opinion.
  3. Read journal publications and articles from credible sources such as Harvard University.

For example, if you want to write a good blog post or set up your blog right the first time, why not do your research. This blogger wrote an awesome post on how to do exactly that so why not take tips from people who post about it which leads me to my next point.

4. Consult With Experts

You may have heard the statement as a kid, “Practice makes perfect.” Well, according to Wisdom Group, it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert in anything.

So if you want to do something really well and you want to do it right, reach out to an expert in whatever you want to get done. For example, if I wanted to become an expert wake boarder, I might reach out to the best wake boarders in the Pacific Northwest that might be able to point me in the right direction.

Finding the right expert could be a whole blog post in itself, but the point is to find someone who has put in the time, research, and practice to be an expert in a specific area. It could be as easy as tweeting to them on Twitter, sending them a package, or reaching to them with a video post. Think of a unique way to capture their attention.

5. Validate Your Work

Consult with people that you are doing things right. For example, if you need to paint an accent wall, why not talk to everyone you know about painting a wall and how to do it right. Then once you’ve actually done the work, have some review your work and critique the work you’ve done.

The best way to do this is to consult with one of the experts you previously consulted with and ask for them to critique your work. I am going to do that with my blog and with the work I do in my every day life.

One entrepreneur once told me, “Find someone who is doing something better than you and copy them.” So if you want to be really good at something, break down how someone else is doing it so you can understand it. Then replicate it.

Most importantly though, make sure you follow up on the feedback and constructive criticism so you can continue doing things right the first time. As you learn this process you will start to figure out how to do quality work.

Stay Open To Everything

Always stay open to everything. Change is hard, but change is good. Fail fast and fail often. The more you make mistakes, the more you can learn and grow for the next opportunity. Keeping your eyes open is so important in doing things right the first time. Focus on open doors and you will find success.

Remember, it’s all a mindset! So what do you think? Am I onto something or is this “complete rubbish” as my Australian friends would say. Leave me a comment below because I want to hear what you think!

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Knowledge Is Power

knowledge is power david goecke

knowledge is power david goecke

I will never forget my my 7th grade Social Studies teacher, Mr. Mitchell. He graded all of our essays in thick red ink and taught us to think on a global scale. He had this thick laugh that resonated throughout the halls with a sense of authority and command.

“Knowledge Is Power” Tee-shirts

Mr. Mitchell liked to be the best at everything. Part of that was teaching 7th grade students to think about the world around them. Another part of that was coaching the Academic Bowl team. I will never forget the dark blue tee-shirts that had our middle school logo on the front left corner–an emblem that represented the school we attended. However, even more noticeable was the bright letters on the back of our shirts in big bold font, “Knowledge Is Power.”

At the time, my shy self thought nothing of the tee-shirt. To me it was just another quote written on the back of a shirt. It was a free piece of clothing that I could proudly display my dedication to my middle school. I had a half a dozen shirts for all the other activities I was involved in so this would sit in my dresser next to all the other shirts. I remember that the sizes were all too big for us so anytime I wore the shirt, it was an over sized mess.

Knowledge Is Everything

Now that I am reflecting upon those experiences in the 7th grade, I realize that knowledge is everything. Perhaps that is obvious but let me be very specific. Who you know is way more important than what you know. But extended one degree, the people who know the people that you know are the most important.

People Are Power

If i were to make another tee-shirt that more accurately reflected my current day view on knowledge, they would say “People Are Power.” In other words, it is not necessarily general knowledge that holds power; it is relationships that are truly everything. So who are the people that you know and how are they influencing the way you think, the way you act, and the future paths you will travel?

Influence Your Peers

Jim Rohn said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”  In the 7th grade, we would have called this peer pressure and the academic circles always painted peer pressure in a negative light. “Don’t get peer pressured to try drugs, steal, do wrong” etc. But I challenge you to pressure your peers to step up their game and surround themselves with influential people.

Mr. Mitchell taught me to think and to intelligently express those thoughts in my own words. Even though he tore apart my essays with his red pen he taught me that knowledge is power. Even though I did not understand the importance of the concept in the 7th grade, this simple message sticks with me today. Surround yourself with the right people.

7 Ways To Apply Self-Discipline Effectively

Top 7 Reasons why self-discipline is my word of the month

Top 7 Reasons why self-discipline is my word of the month

Having recently posted about Top 5 Reasons to Start a Blog, I mentioned that blogging creates good habits.  Well this is only true if you continue to blog and make blogging a routine. To expand on routine, I’ve been pushing myself lately to be driven and disciplined. That is why I specifically chose to focus on self-discipline this month. Now, I realize that half of the month of February has already passed us by; however, my diligence and dedication is driving me to post about why self-discipline is so important to me.

1. Meditate.

Even though this seems tremendously hard or complex meditating is extremely easy. It trains your brain self-control. So you might ask “How do I mediate?” and my answer is just jump in and get started! I try to start each day in meditation.  The simple technique of mindfulness, which involves taking “as little as five minutes a day to focus on nothing more than your breathing and your senses, improves your self-awareness and your brain’s ability to resist destructive impulses” according to a Forbes Article.

2. Organize Tasks.

You MUST be organized. The best way to figure out your day is to set a list of tasks that you must accomplish. I could write a whole blog post about how to organize your tasks, but just know that staying organized by task is important. The self-disciplined will set tasks that they can accomplish and will pursue them with all diligence.

  1. For me, I split my tasks into two categories, personal and work related.
  2. Then I break them down into large, medium, and small.
  3. Finally I tackle the highest priority and most stressful (often the large ones) first.

3. Manage Time.

Whether you believe it or not, time is your most valuable resource so use it wisely. This includes what, where, and who. If someone tells you they are “too busy” that simply means they have not prioritized you into their schedule. Even the busiest clients and business owners I’ve met with make time for the important things in their life. Sometimes understanding this is a reality check.

4. Set Goals.

In order to be effectively self-disciplined, you need to set obtainable goals and milestones that help you stay focused and lead to accomplishment. Goal setting is another topic that could consume an entire blog post, however realize that goal setting is easy and extremely straight forward. Set specific or SMART goals and find an accountability partner who will check in on your goal progress.

"Trust yourself. If you don't learn to trust yourself, you will never be happy. You'll always be deferring your authority to someone or something outside of you."

5. Reward Yourself.

Perhaps rewarding yourself is the best part of this post, but in all seriousness, give yourself something to look forward to whether it is a cheat day or a new item of clothing. Rewards are very important in conditioning yourself to routine hard work and self-discipline. Make the rewards desirable and hold yourself accountable to only rewarding yourself once you accomplish the goal.

6. Crave Self Motivation.

Motivation is personal. Some are motivated by family, generosity, money, fame, pride, or love. The question is Do you know what motivates you? Perhaps you could look on Twitter for “posts about motivation” for a quick start or you could just follow my account on Twitter @DavidGoecke. Find your motivation and crave it. It might be as simply as a good song or a hot shower, but motivate yourself to stay focused and driven on your goals.

7. Enjoy Excitement.

Really, excitement stems from happiness. The new concept of “happiness experts” has recently emerged in response to the mass appeal of studying people and what drives joy and happiness. Huffington Post listed a great article after discussing Happiness Tips from 13 experts. It really comes down to understanding yourself, laughing, and finding peace through freedom.

 

Do you have what it takes to start blogging? Why not start today? Put aside the inhibitions you may have had for so long. You can go to WordPress.com and start your free blog today! The audience will eventually come, but starting today is the first step you can take toward liberating both your thoughts and your ideas! For me, I have wanted to journal and blog for the longest time, and now I finally stepped to the plate. If you decide to start blogging, why don’t you let me know! Tweet me @DavidGoecke or post a comment.