Orchestrate Your Success

16 May Orchestrate Your Success

Ever find yourself struggling to meet a deadline? Scrambling to find various elements to piece together to finish your project? There could be many reasons why this happened: you slept in, lost a backup, you can’t find your files, a tool broke, etc. At this point, all you can do is work with what you have, and if you’re luck, pull together something amazing. You know it isn’t your best work because of the setbacks but it will do. But what if there weren’t any setbacks? What if you could prevent them before they even happened? This isn’t impossible to do, and I’ll explain why.

To prevent obscure setbacks would take quite a bit of luck, but consider this quote from Louis Pasteur:

“Fortune favors the prepared mind.”

This is quite inspiring if you think about what it means. Essentially the more prepared you are for a situation, the more likely it will work out in your favor. This leads me to my advice on how to prevent setbacks from happening.


Get Organized.

Take all of your assets, files, tools, everything and organize them in a fashion that you can easily find them when you need them. Doing the initial organization may take a bit of time, but this investment in the long run can end up saving you a lot of time. If you know exactly where you saved a file, it will be much easier to find again than if you saved it in a counter-intuitive location. Even worse, if you didn’t give your file a descriptive name and gave it something like “Untitled-13”, you won’t be able to search your hard drive for it.

Margin of Error.

Think about what can go wrong, what would really mess your project up if it happened. Assume it WILL happen and be prepared for it. Assume that your hard drive will lost all of it’s files, and prepare by creating backups. Assume that you will get caught in traffic on the way to work and prepare by leaving much earlier. Here’s an example of something I am prepared for:

My laptop charger has a fray in the wire. I have covered it in electrical tape but I know it will stop working at a very inconvenient time. To prepare, I have already bought myself a new one, ready for whenever it decides to stop working. If I were at work and it stopped charging, I would lose a lot of time going to the store to get a new one.

This concludes my advice on being prepared for setbacks. I hope you found this article helpful! If you have your own way of orchestrating success, let me know and leave a comment!

Johnathan LeBlanc

Provisional RGD Member. Johnathan LeBlanc is a graphic designer turned web designer. Having graduated from St. Lawrence College with an Advanced Diploma in Graphic Design, Johnathan started working in his field instantly. He was worked with design firms and thought leaders in Toronto and now handles most of the web content for RealtySource Inc., Brokerage. Although specializing in web design, Johnathan also excels in logo design, brand development, document design, and pre-press and is starting to learn video production.

  • Peter Gabany
    Posted at 14:54h, 17 May Reply

    Well done Jonathan… and way to weigh into advice for those who need it (like all of us if we’re honest).


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