In today’s video I’m going to share with you three things that are going to help you do better work, finish projects you’ve started, and update you on what we’ve been working on at Social Worker Success.
My family and I took a long break this summer from the website and the blog. We traveled with our church to Costa Rica where we served families in impoverished communities outside of San Jose.
It was an amazing trip for us. My daughter turned six years old, and we got to go zip lining on her birthday. The whole experience was great mixture of service, fun, and a much-needed break from the daily grind. Now we are back and working on our plans for the fall.
If you’re like us, you’ve got lots of projects in various stages of completion. At Social Worker Success we’re working on:
- Blog articles
- Online courses
You may have this challenge too of having lots of unfinished projects and struggle to finish them. I tend to get hung up with perfectionism, by tweaking and editing “just one more thing”. And then project never sees the light of day, it doesn’t get shipped.
I’m trying something different right now, and I’m taking a page from another Nathan’s book, Nathan Barry. He is the CEO of the company Convert Kit, the email service provider I use to make sure my emails land in your inbox.
He runs his company using three philosophies that I’m going to use to do better work and finish more projects. I think these ideas will help you too.
1. Work in public
What does work in public mean? It means share the process and the “behind the scenes” work of a project you’re working on with a group of people that you trust. Their feedback gives you real-time input, so you can make sure you’re delivering results someone is actually looking for.
For example, if you’re giving a presentation at a conference, don’t just work on it and work on it alone. Send the presentation to select members of your target audience. Ask for constructive criticism:
- How could you could make this better?
- What is it missing?
Your finished product will be better for this practice.
2. Teach everything you know
When we teach things that are working for us to other people, two things can happen. One, when we share what we know with someone else, we reinforce the knowledge into practice for ourselves. Second, we pass along this knowledge that we think is valuable to the world.
We take for granted things we know by thinking “everyone knows that”. Maybe not. Don’t hold back. When you learn something new: a skill, an insight, or how to use a tool or tactic . . . teach it to someone else. Teach it to your clients, your colleagues, or your family members. Making this video and post is me putting this principle into action with you.
3. Write every day
When we are in the habit of writing, we get ideas and thoughts that are stuck in our head onto paper or on screen. When we write, we get the negative thought(s) out and away from us. We get the positives thought(s) in front of us, so we can do something with them.
This writing practice is just for you. Not progress notes, treatment plans, or grant proposals. Writing in your “day job” doesn’t count, For example, you can journal stream of consciousness and just write the first things that come to mind. Or maybe you write down things you are grateful for in a gratitude journal. The takeaway: Write. Every. Day.
That’s it for a quick update from Social Worker Success and three things that may help you do better work and finish more projects. I’m releasing the need for this post and video to be perfect and practice what I preach, so I can get it to you.
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