Real needs vs perceived needs

There are real needs. And then there are perceived needs. But often we confuse our perceived needs with our real needs, thinking that whatever we think we need, we truly need them.

Now that governments are stepping out to help people through this difficult time, people with needs become even more visible. Yet governments deal with entire nations, so they can’t tell exactly which needs are real and which are perceived.

But we can as individuals.

7 stages of creative projects

I wish I can tell you that doing creative work is easy. But it’s not. Beginning with the end in mind doesn’t always work.

Having a strict outline or plan for the project may not work for everyone. It doesn’t for me. I prefer to organise as I work through the project.

Beginning with the end in mind might not work for a creative project. But you can follow a 7 stage creative process even if it’s inherently nonlinear.

Developing inner motivation to position yourself when this coronavirus crisis ends

Developing your inner motivation

This coronavirus crisis will end. Just like any other crisis. And when we get to the other side, will you be prepared?

What can you do now to position yourself to emerge stronger on the other side?

Perhaps it’s time to end your dependence on extrinsic motivation and start developing your inner motivation.

Why beginning with the end in mind doesn’t always work for projects

Stephen Covey suggests that we should begin with the end in mind. That means instead of working hard for the sake of working hard, we need to develop a vision of the person we want to be at the end of our lives.

Although beginning with the end in mind could help you formulate a vision for your life to prevent you from pursuing the wrong things in life, it’s not always helpful.

Especially when trying to apply this concept to your projects.

Shifting online with the same outcomes?

In just a short span of a few weeks, we have seen many things being shifted online as life as we know it slows to almost a halt. But if you are expecting to move all your interactions online and still get the same outcome, maybe you should rethink again. I don’t think you can.

If you don’t plan it properly, it can be overwhelming and make it harder for your target user.

You need feedback for your project

Too much feedback can make you feel overwhelmed. Especially when there’re too many different opinions and suggestions. However, too little feedback makes you feel like you are just trying to throw the ideas on the wall and see what sticks.

Whether it’s a work project or personal project, it’s still good to get some feedback. But what do you need to consider before seeking feedback?

‘Tis the season to revive your creative dreams

If you are like most people, you dream of something bigger. Something more creative that taps into your innermost being.

You might hesitate because of the social pressures around you. You might be thinking that you are not a creative person at all. That you won’t be a creative genius like Steve Jobs or Picasso. Good news is, you don’t have to be.

Now that you have more time on hand, maybe it is a great time for you to revive your creative dreams. You can make use of the time freed up by social distancing due to Covid-19.

You never know whether it will help position you for a breakthrough in your career sometime in the future.