Idea – The initial though that something might become. Have a place to quickly keep them. Recording them on a master list is the fastest and safest way.
Inspiration – When the desire to act on one of your good ideas strikes, take the idea (and any corresponding tasks) off the list and schedule them. It is also a good idea to create a folder for the project so you have a place for all the related papers to go while you work on it.
Draft – What happens as you work through the process. The trial and error, the looking at it this way and that phase. It is very important to eliminate the things that don’t work as you go. Once a decision is made against something stick with it. Re-deciding is a big waste of time.
- Complete – The point your deadline has been reached. Just stop and share. Thinking you will just fix one more part will keep you from doing other stuff that may or may not be more successful.
- Evaluation – Where you look at what worked and what didn’t and determine if you will repeat all or part for another project. Also, the point where you put your materials away so they are ready to go next time.