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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 17, 2018

How to Stop Multitasking and Become Way More Productive

How to Stop Multitasking and Become Way More Productive

Today we are expected to work in highly disruptive environments. We sit down at our desks, turn on our computer and immediately we are hit with hundreds of emails all vying for our attention.

Our phones are beeping and pinging with new alerts to messages, likes and comments and our colleagues are complaining about the latest company initiative is designed to get us to do more work and spend less time at home.

All these distractions result in us multitasking where our attention is switching between one crisis and the next.

Multitasking is a problem. But how to stop multitasking?

How bad really is multitasking?

It dilutes your focus and attention so even the easiest of tasks become much harder and take longer to complete.

Studies have shown that while you think you are multitasking, you are in fact task switching, which means your attention is switching between two or more pieces of work and that depletes the energy resources you have to do your work.

This is why, even though you may have done little to no physical activity, you arrive home at the end of the day feeling exhausted and not in the mood to do anything.

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We know it is not a good way to get quality work done, but the demands for out attention persist and rather than reduce, are likely to increase as the years go by.

So what to do about it?

Ways to stop multitasking and increase productivity

Now, forget about how to multitask!

Here are a few strategies on how to stop multitasking so you can get better quality and more work done in the time you have each working day:

1. Get enough rest

When you are tired, your brain has less strength to resist even the tiniest attention seeker. This is why when you find your mind wandering, it is a sign your brain is tired and time to take a break.

This does not just mean taking breaks throughout the day, it also means making sure you get enough sleep every day.

When you are well rested and take short regular breaks throughout the day your brain is fully refuelled and ready to focus in on the work that is important.

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2. Plan your day

When you don’t have a plan for the day, the day will create a plan for you. When you allow outside influences to take control of your day, it is very hard not to be dragged off in all directions.

When you have a plan for the day, when you arrive at work your brain knows exactly what it is you want to accomplish and will subconsciously have prepared itself for a sustained period of focused work.

Your resistance to distractions and other work will be high and you will focus much better on the work that needs doing.

3. Remove everything from your desk and screen except for the work you are doing

I learned this one a long time ago. In my previous work, I worked in a law office and I had case files to deal with. If I had more than one case file on my desk at any one time, I would find my eyes wandering over the other case files on my desk when I had something difficult to do.

I was looking for something easier. This meant often I was working on three or four cases at one time and that always led to mistakes and slower completion.

Now when I am working on something, I am in full-screen mode where all I can see is the work I am working on right now.

4. When at your desk, do work

We are creatures of habit. If we do our online shopping and news reading at our desks as well as our work, we will always have the temptation to be doing stuff that we should not be doing at that moment.

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Do your online shopping from another place—your home or from your phone when you are having a break—and only do your work when at your desk. This conditions your brain to focus in on your work and not other distractions.

5. Learn to say no

Whenever you hear the phrase “learn to say no,” it does not mean going about being rude to everyone. What it does mean is delay saying yes.

Most problems occur when we say “yes” immediately. We then have to spend an inordinate amount of energy thinking of ways to get ourselves out of the commitment we made.

By saying “let me think about it” or “can I let you know later” gives you time to evaluate the offer and allows you to get back to what you were doing quicker.

6. Turn off notifications on your computer

For most of us, we still use computers to do our work. When you have email alert pop-ups and other notifications turned on, they will distract you no matter how strong you feel.

Turn them off and schedule email reviewing for times between doing your focused work. Doing this will give you a lot of time back because you will be able to remain focused on the work in front of you.

7. Find a quiet place to do your most important work

Most workplaces have meeting rooms that are vacant. If you do have important work to get done, ask if you can use one of those rooms and do your work there.

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You can close the door, put on your headphones and just focus on what is important. This is a great way to remove all the other, non-important, tasks demanding your attention and just focus on one piece of work.

The bottom line

Focusing on one piece of work at a time can be hard but the benefits to the amount of work you get done are worth it. You will make fewer mistakes, you will get more done and will feel a lot less tired at the end of the day.

Make a list of the four or five things you want to get done the next day before you finish your work for the day and when you start the day, begin at the top of the list with the first item.

Don’t start anything else until you have finished the first one and then move on to the second one. This one trick will help you to become way more productive.

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