Trusting your gut can often be a good thing, but there’s really no strategy that works in all situations. While you don’t want to waste a ton of time second-guessing yourself, you might find that you’re making better decisions when you evaluate your ideas based on their ability to move things forward.
This idea comes from Behance‘s Scott Belsky:
Oftentimes, in creative projects, we act out of impulse rather than reason. Shiny objects and other fleeting fascinations have a tendency to drain our resources. Before you allocate time to any task, question your intended outcome. The same goes for your contributions in meetings. When you speak, are you “content-making” or simply “commentating”? Be intentional. Everything you do or say should move the ball forward toward your goal. If it doesn’t, it is liable to waste precious energy and get you off track.
Just because you really like an idea or think something is great doesn’t mean it’s the right choice for the situation. If you test your ideas for momentum, you should have an easier time weeding out the time-wasters and keeping the ones that’ll move you forward.
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