Step 03:
Stop Doubting Your Abilities – Here’s How To Work Faster

When many people face tasks or projects that are considered large or challenging, they will often question their abilities to complete the work, knowing they have to do their very best work to complete the project or task at the level it is expected to be completed. As a result, they tend to slow down the pace of their work, believing that if they do it slower, they will do the work better.

While rushing through a project or task is never considered a good idea, especially when the work involved is complex or challenging, many people will go at a slower level than they need to complete the work at a high level because they doubt their abilities to work quickly and effectively.

Most people will naturally question their abilities to do quality work quickly because, as a society, we’ve often been trained that it takes considerable time to do quality work. We’ve learned this in school, when we’ve had our first job, and even in the corporate world. This is why large projects are given time frames of weeks or even months to complete- it implies that you need that much time to do high-quality work to complete that project.

Most people get the idea that if they do the work quicker than the time they’re allotted, their superiors, customers, or target markets will look upon their work as if it was done haphazardly and carelessly. In other words, they will see the work as lower quality, which will lead to a negative impression of you as an employee, as a business owner, as an entrepreneur.

This is why many people slow their work down; they think that if they utilize all the time that they have, people will look upon their work as being the best it could possibly be. If they utilize all the time that they have, no one can accuse them of rushing through the work and doing it haphazardly or carelessly; people will look upon their work as being the very possible best it can be because all of the time allotted for the project was used to complete the project.

The main problem with this viewpoint is that people use this as a crutch or as an excuse to take all of the allotted time given to complete a project when it’s not necessary to do so. Sure, some projects may be so challenging that if you are efficient and productive in your work habits, you will still take all of the time allotted to finish the project.

That is perfectly fine, but what you must realize is that most project deadlines are given with some leeway thrown in in the event you mess up a task or don’t understand part of the assignment and need to have more clarification before you continue work, etc. Therefore, when most project deadlines are given, it is not always expected you take the full amount of time to complete the project. In fact, if you provide high-quality work to the superior, customer, target market before it is expected, your reputation and credibility will get a major boost, and people in your industry will want to work with you.

Therefore, you have to adopt the mindset that project time frames are not intended to be fully completed for every project. Some projects will require you to work very diligently throughout the whole project in order for the project to be completed at a high level and be done within that time frame, but many project time frames give you some flexibility in case a problem or issue occurs.

If no problem or issue occurs, then it is quite possible and even desirable to finish the project before the deadline. Finishing ahead of time will benefit you and your business, as you will be seen as productive, efficient, and even as a “miracle worker.” Finishing ahead of time can be done if you are focused throughout and don’t procrastinate on any section of the project, even parts of the project involving tasks that you aren’t particularly fond of doing.

This also means that you need to be confident in your ability to work at a high level at a faster pace of speed. Think about the world we live in today. Information is everywhere thanks to the Internet and mobile devices being virtually everywhere we go. Think of all the content that is available and that continues to come to our smartphones and other mobile devices. If people weren’t working at a higher rate of speed (either via their own efforts and/or through technology), there wouldn’t be the same amount of content coming to our mobile devices.

Additionally, think about how fast the world is changing in terms of business-to-consumer (B2C) and business-to-business (B2B) models. Just ten years ago, people weren’t buying that much on websites, and mobile devices really didn’t exist back then. Nowadays, people buy as often or more on the Internet (and especially on mobile devices) than they do in stores, a key reason why many retailers are closing their doors, while others are trying to reformulate their business models to include and even highlight e-commerce and m-commerce.

The main point is that, now, speed matters as much as high-level work. You essentially have to be able to do both in order to really survive and thrive in this content-driven, fast-paced world we live in. Doing high-level work and taking forever to do it will no longer suffice, but doing poor-quality work quickly won’t suffice either.

Therefore, you have to adopt the mindset that you have the capability to do high-level work quickly. You have to be confident in your skills and rely on the experience you have gained so far in order to know how to best approach projects, avoid most setbacks, overcome setbacks that do happen, and put out a quality product or project in as little time as possible.

The other main reason you must learn to be confident in your own abilities to do high-quality work quickly is because, other people are learning to do the same thing! The ones who learn to trust themselves to do high-level work quickly are the ones that will survive and thrive in this content-driven, fast-paced economy. Those that can’t convince themselves that they can do high-level work quickly will not last long in business. The only choice they will have is to go back to a typical 9-5 cubicle working for someone else, thereby ending their dreams of owning their own business and working the hours they choose to work.

Therefore, you now know why you must learn to trust your own abilities to do high-level work quickly and why you must adapt the mindset that not all project time frames are intended to be used entirely on all projects. You must learn to not procrastinate and avoid tasks you are not fond of doing, as this will only slow you down, cause you to work harder, and keep you from being as productive and as profitable as you can be.

You will learn in the next two chapters why it is vital that you take care of yourself during a long project and why it is critical to doing your best work. You’ll also learn why procrastination can hinder your ability to take care of yourself during such long projects and another key reason why you must avoid procrastination and making excuses of why you don’t get more things done in a set amount of time.

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