Use The DASH Method To Tackle Creative Tasks

The DASH Method (Direction, Acceleration, Strength and Health) was designed to help people who write — whether it's technical writing, novelists or bloggers — but the principles can be applied to almost any type of creative work. The end result is that you work smarter and come away feeling better about what you do.

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The four principles are straight-forward: Direction implies that you always start work with your end-goal in mind and a plan for how you'll get there. Acceleration encourages you to remember that getting started is everything, and to keep working until you're finished. Don't get hung up on details, after all done is better than perfect. Strength is less about training and more about bolstering your mental and physical strength by building the right environment for you to work, whether it's a quiet space with no distractions or a buzzing space that makes you feel inspired. Finally, Health reminds you to take care of yourself, take breaks and keep brainstorming so your creative juices are flowing.

All in all, the core tenets are things that ideally you work into your work routine already, but assembling them together into a package like this one may be just the reminder you need to apply them to every aspect of your work, whether you write for a living or not. Hit the link below for a much broader description of each point, along with some additional tips.

Writing with DASH [American Management Association]


    Done is better than perfect, Alan? Apart from this statement's terrible grammar, it suggests that producing any old rubbish is better than producing a smaller but far better piece of work. I do however take your point about this approach to getting the job done.

    There is already far too much rubbish being produced. Just read the Sydney Morning Herald for lousy journalism. The SMH has very low standards of writing and reporting, and often fails to edit the story before it is published. And take a look at the ever increasing number of self-published books in Amazon's Kindle store. Most of these are poorly written, and have never been edited - a perfect example of literary rubbish. These are books that any good publisher would reject outright, send back to the author for major re-work, or submit to a good editor to clean up.

    Give me perfect any day. In the case of literature and good writing, less is more.

      It's much easier to achieve perfection through editing than it is to make it materialise from thin air. Therefore (this works for me and I can only speak for myself), the primary objective should be to get it done and then make sure it's perfect.

    But, WillD, some pieces of crap on the Amazon store make millions, crap writing and apparently non-existent editing notwithstanding.

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