Workflow is a process that details the first step to the last. Setting up a workflow will become an instinct to you, but until then let us catalog and learn the process of priorities. By priorities I mean, by completing the previous step you now have what is required to complete this step and have made available to yourself the tools for the next step.
Taking a small project using the same principles as photo processing will help us explain the process in as few words as possible.
To build a storage shed there must be some decisions made of the size and design. From these decisions an architectural blue print can be made. Now with the blue prints we can make a materials list and go shopping. Do you see the progression? Here is another way of looking at the process:
- Design and size
- Architectural drawings
- Materials list
- Materials shopping
- Ground breaking and construction
Each step when completed is setting up the success of the following step.
Starting with a new project, what are the signs of the first step?
- What is the first puzzle piece? First, set up your end product. How will it look? What are you providing; service or tangible product?
- What will you give with this service/product? What else should hold your attention in the phase of “material gathering”?
- How many practical steps can be made or planned to affect a clear understanding for everyone involved?
Something I have found invaluable in this process is having a scratch pad and new paper to record both ideas for consideration and decisions leading to the conclusion.
Take deep breath and relax. Things will start to fall into place on their own with these foundational questions answered. A challenge is not worth gray hair, unless you like the distinguished look. *Grin*