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.
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!