Approaching Projects with Confidence Through a Defined Process

Approaching Projects with Confidence Through a Defined Process
January 13, 2016 Daniel Palacios

Do you feel accomplished after hitting all of your project’s goals?

Isn’t it rewarding when people recognize your hard work, especially if you’ve spent years developing a system that works for you?

If you have a creative process that generates work that you’re proud of, then you know deviating from it could result in lesser quality work. That’s why it’s important to you that you stick to a clearly defined roadmap to ensure the outcome.

It’s what makes you the expert in your field and why people come to you.

Your creative process is the result of trial and error. It doesn’t magically come together overnight by cutting corners.

Starting a project with several different “bad” ideas and narrowing them down into a single solution is all part of the process, whether you’re working for yourself or if someone hired you. Who it’s for doesn’t matter.

Your creative process is the result of trial and error.

No one ever starts with an idea and perfectly executes it in minutes. It’s an iterative process. Ideas are meant to grow and you refine the details over time by weeding out all of the weak ones.

By not skipping steps, asking questions, taking breaks, reworking ideas and making adjustments, you increase the quality of your solution. You know because you’ve gone through the steps plenty of times before and you trust what your process will produce.

Apply Yourself and Discover What You’re Good At

When you start something new, you won’t have a clear path to follow because you haven’t gone through the steps yet.

You can pretend all you want, but you’ll lack the confidence that comes with experience.

You can learn a lot about the way you work if you just simply apply yourself.

That’s the best way to discover your process and approach projects with the right confidence. As I mentioned before, you’ll make mistakes along the way and it’s perfectly normal for this to happen.

If you’re struggling to find your process, here are some things you can do to help:

  • Start a personal project or series
  • Take on pro bono projects
  • Do client work
  • Re-design an existing logo
  • Make up a company

The goal is to follow through with all of these and not let them drag out. If you spend too much time looking for distractions, you’ll find them—and you won’t get to see the full potential of an efficient process. If you get easily distracted, get yourself a reminder.

Why is it so important to know what my process is?

  1. You and your client will know what to expect
  2. It will make you sound confident in your abilities
  3. It tells potential clients you mean business
  4. It makes you a professional
  5. It instills trust

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, people want to work with someone they can trust and there’s no better way to build that than by being upfront about expectations from the start.

I’ve learned this the hard way and you just can’t fake it.

My advice to you is this: invest time in yourself, get to know your strengths and unlock your true potential.