How to have an efficient workflow

Posted by: alisrowe, July 14, 2020

I recently embarked on a very very big project that took a few months. The project was big already, but what made it bigger was that I did not have an efficient, planned out workflow. I learned a lesson about workflow that could be applied to many other activities. This lesson may be helpful to others who have difficulty seeing a project through to an end because they feel frustrated or confused.

A workflow is defined as the sequence of processes through which a piece of work passes from start to finish.

When you do something for the first time, you probably do not have an efficient workflow yet. This is because you don’t really know what the project involves, how long things will take, what order to do things in, or even what the final work is going to look like.

There is a lot of ‘trial and error’, figuring things out as you go along, and going back to change things along the way. You might also be asking other people lots of questions. All of this adds a lot of time to the project.

You might feel exhausted and stressed by the amount of work you are doing. You might wonder how on earth other people do this seemingly so smoothly. I too have been there!

The positive of all your stress and additional time is that, by the time you get to the end of your project, you will undoubtedly have learned an enormous amount. In fact, the best thing that can come out of these time-consuming and stressful projects is that you have discovered an efficient workflow. 

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