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How to Create Things that People Love

How to Create Things that People Love

If you’re a creator of any kind, you know all too well how tough it can be to create things people just love. When creating something new, we often create based on what we love, but if you’re creating something as anything more than a hobby, you’ll want to create things that other people love too!

Creating things people love can feel like a big balancing act sometimes. You’re constantly trading off what you want to create deep inside with what you think other people want. The good news is that there doesn’t always need to be a trade-off.

It’s all about finding the sweet spot where your love for creating meets what other people are seeking. Here are five big questions to ask yourself in order to find that sweet spot.

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1. What do you love to create?

To create things people love, we must first love creating them. Your passion and energy shines through in everything you create. If you don’t love creating something, it will show and your work will not be the best it can be. We do our best work when we are full of passion and joy, so first ask yourself, “what do you love to create?”

2. What do customers in your market already love?

Do some research to find out what customers in your market love. Some searching online will show what other brands are making and what customers are buying.

Your research might also extend to checking out blogs in your niche to see what products they are talking about. What do they love? Influential bloggers in your niche are the ones influencing customers, so if they love it, chances are a lot of other people will too.

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3. How can you test your ideas before creating them?

Instead of putting all your time and energy into creating something only to find that no one wants it, why not flip the process on its head and find out if people love it first? Share your idea with potential customers and see what the response is.

If the response is positive, you’ll know you have a winner before you start creating. This means you can put all your love and energy into creating without worrying about whether or not your idea will fall flat.

If the response is negative, head back to the drawing board. While this might make the earlier steps feel like a waste, know that they’re not. The best thing about testing your idea before you create it is that you avoid wasting time and resources on something that people might never love.

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4. How can you infuse your own personality and brand into what you’ve created?

Many of the things people love most aren’t necessarily the best or newest idea; they are the ones infused with a strong brand and personality.

Think about how you can make what you’ve created even better by adding your own personal brand and touch to it. This might involve how you deliver your service, package your product or provide customer support. Every little bit counts, and it all adds to making what you create something people love.

5. How can you improve your ideas over time?

Once you’ve created something and put it out there, there’s no need to stop. Great things are constantly evolving and always getting better.

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People change over time so it’s important to listen to your customer’s feedback carefully and let your product evolve with them. The best products on the market do this exceptionally well. Take Apple’s iPhone as an example–it is a product that people loved and continue to love more and more every year because it’s constantly evolving and building on what people love with every new release.

Over to you

Do you create things people love? Or do your ideas often fall flat? How might these five big questions help you create things that people love? Share your experiences in the comments below.

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Last Updated on September 11, 2019

Why To-Do Lists Don’t Work (And How to Change That)

Why To-Do Lists Don’t Work (And How to Change That)

How often do you feel overwhelmed and disorganized in life, whether at work or home? We all seem to struggle with time management in some area of our life; one of the most common phrases besides “I love you” is “I don’t have time”. Everyone suggests working from a to-do list to start getting your life more organized, but why do these lists also have a negative connotation to them?

Let’s say you have a strong desire to turn this situation around with all your good intentions—you may then take out a piece of paper and pen to start tackling this intangible mess with a to-do list. What usually happens, is that you either get so overwhelmed seeing everything on your list, which leaves you feeling worse than you did before, or you make the list but are completely stuck on how to execute it effectively.

To-do lists can work for you, but if you are not using them effectively, they can actually leave you feeling more disillusioned and stressed than you did before. Think of a filing system: the concept is good, but if you merely file papers away with no structure or system, the filing system will have an adverse effect. It’s the same with to-do lists—you can put one together, but if you don’t do it right, it is a fruitless exercise.

Why Some People Find That General To-Do Lists Don’t Work?

Most people find that general to-do lists don’t work because:

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  • They get so overwhelmed just by looking at all the things they need to do.
  • They don’t know how to prioritize the items on list.
  • They feel that they are continuously adding to their list but not reducing it.
  • There’s a sense of confusion seeing home tasks mixed with work tasks.

Benefits of Using a To-Do List

However, there are many advantages working from a to-do list:

  • You have clarity on what you need to get done.
  • You will feel less stressed because all your ‘to do’s are on paper and out of your mind.
  • It helps you to prioritize your actions.
  • You don’t overlook so many tasks and forget anything.
  • You feel more organized.
  • It helps you with planning.

4 Golden Rules to Make a To-Do List Work

Here are my golden rules for making a “to-do” list work:

1. Categorize

Studies have shown that your brain gets overwhelmed when it sees a list of 7 or 8 options; it wants to shut down.[1] For this reason, you need to work from different lists. Separate them into different categories and don’t have more than 7 or 8 tasks on each one.

It might work well for you to have a “project” list, a “follow-up” list, and a “don’t forget” list; you will know what will work best for you, as these titles will be different for everybody.

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2. Add Estimations

You don’t merely need to know what has to be done, but how long it will take as well in order to plan effectively.

Imagine on your list you have one task that will take 30 minutes, another that could take 1 hour, and another that could take 4 hours. You need to know the moment you look at the task, otherwise you undermine your planning, so add an extra column to your list and include your estimation of how long you think the task will take, and be realistic!

Tip: If you find it a challenge to estimate accurately, then start by building this skill on a daily basis. Estimate how long it will take to get ready, cook dinner, go for a walk, etc., and then compare this to the actual time it took you. You will start to get more accurate in your estimations.

3. Prioritize

To effectively select what you should work on, you need to take into consideration: priority, sequence and estimated time. Add another column to your list for priority. Divide your tasks into four categories:

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  • Important and urgent
  • Not urgent but important
  • Not important but urgent
  • Not important or urgent

You want to work on tasks that are urgent and important of course, but also, select some tasks that are important and not urgent. Why? Because these tasks are normally related to long-term goals, and when you only work on tasks that are urgent and important, you’ll feel like your day is spent putting out fires. You’ll end up neglecting other important areas which most often end up having negative consequences.

Most of your time should be spent on the first two categories.

4.  Review

To make this list work effectively for you, it needs to become a daily tool that you use to manage your time and you review it regularly. There is no point in only having the list to record everything that you need to do, but you don’t utilize it as part of your bigger time management plan.

For example: At the end of every week, review the list and use it to plan the week ahead. Select what you want to work on taking into consideration priority, time and sequence and then schedule these items into your calendar. Golden rule in planning: don’t schedule more than 75% of your time.

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Bottom Line

So grab a pen and paper and give yourself the gift of a calm and clear mind by unloading everything in there and onto a list as now, you have all the tools you need for it to work. Knowledge is useless unless it is applied—how badly do you want more time?

To your success!

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