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[00:00:00] Everyone, I’m James, welcome to the channel today. I want to talk to you about 10 questions that I use to help get myself unstuck now by on stop. I mean, sometimes you can be working on a problem or working on a project and you get to a point where no matter how much you’re thinking your things in a row, you’re not sure what to do next, what the correct next action is, what your right priorities might be for something. And often when I’m in this rut, I pull out this list of questions that I’ve gathered over the years and I just work my way through them. And by answering these, oftentimes it will give you just that little nudge that you need to get yourself unstuck. Suggests a different way of doing something or change your ideas and what the priorities of the thing might be. [00:00:45][45.5]

[00:00:46] Number one is where am I at? Now, this is literally a case of. Right. Take a breath. Count to 10. Take a step back and just look at the bigger picture, the bigger context, it says, right. OK. What what is it that you’re trying to achieve here? Where am I at in this process? Just where am I at? Am I at the beginning? Am I at the end? Is it a case of clearing up just the last time of the last few loose ends? Is it the case of no, this needs to be a big push into another direction. But just taking that time, just to answer that question, force yourself to take that breath for yourself to answer. Right. Where am I at? What what is it I’m doing? Oftentimes you can be really in the weeds, you know, can’t see the wood for the trees or those old sayings. So, yeah. So where am I at? Number two is ask yourself what is the end result. What what is it that I’m actually looking to achieve here? Having knowing where your destination is is going to be really helpful in working out how to get there in the first place. So again, ask yourself, like, what is it? I’m trying to achieve. What does the end result look like? Describe what the state of the world is once you’ve solved whatever it is that you’re trying to solve. And again, by clarifying that, that can help you take you away from some of the fuzzy thinking you might have got yourself into and help you resolve some of the ideas for next actions, priorities, things like that. [00:02:15][89.0]

[00:02:16] Number three is how do I get from here to there? So. If you know where. The end result is if you followed, asked the questions for number two, I know that I need to be here or the world when I’m done and successful. Looks like this. The next question to ask yourself is right. Well, how how do I get there? And the best way actually to work that out is to start from the end and work backwards. OK, if I know what the state the world is there. Well, what are the things that. What’s the last thing that I needed to have done to get to that spot? OK. And then ask yourself, OK. What was the next thing that I needed to do to get to that spot. And so on until you actually reach where you are at the moment. So if it’s finishing a blog article or writing The End State of Your World is I want a complete blog article on my site that speaks to a topic that’s important for what it is that I’m trying to market. OK. So a finished blog article is the end result site. Well, working backwards from that. How what do I need? OK, well, I need two thousand words of content. I need five or six illustrations. I need seven or eight subheads. I need so you can always work yourself backwards and say, I’ve come up with that list of things in a reverse order and you just then switch it around and start working on it. In other words, you’ve got that path mapped out for you. Then you just follow that along. [00:03:44][87.5]

[00:03:44] Number four is what are the roadblocks? You are part of the way down a path. What are the sorts of things that might be popping up ahead of you that could cause problems? Try and second guess what? The various problems that might happen. Could crop up along the path ahead of you. This could be things like if you’re writing a blog post, for example, this could be. Well, I don’t actually know enough about this sub topic to be able to write comfortably about it. And so I’m going to need to go away and do some research on that. That pulls out an exception there. Another roadblock could be I’ve got no decent illustrations for this whatsoever. So maybe I need to sketch out on how to think about what these illustrations might be and then find myself a graphic designer to produce the illustrations. Or I need to go into stock photography site and find relevant photos again by thinking through what the potential roadblocks are that can give you a whole bunch of actions that you can dive into next. Number five is where are the gaps? So you you’ve started working your way towards this end result. You’ve had to think about what the steps are that they might be to get there. You’ve had to think about what some of the roadblocks might be ahead of you. The next thing to think about is, OK. What what is it? I haven’t I haven’t thought about Donald Rumsfeld famously talked about the unknown unknowns, but they’re very important, right? They are. The things that you hadn’t even considered, the things that could be your biggest stumbling block. So, again, go over a picture in your mind’s eye. Going through that process, almost like role-Play, that process of you finishing going through these tasks and finishing. And as you imagine yourself doing that, oftentimes you’ll come across something where you’ll say, oh, hang on, actually, maybe I need some cash to solve this particular problem I hadn’t thought about. So I need to make sure there’s enough cash in my bank account to be able to pay for this thing. Maybe there’s an angle to the marketing that you hadn’t thought about. Is there some regulatory angle you’re not thinking about? Is there some extra language related problem that you might be coming up against that you hadn’t thought about? Does this thing need to go out and be translated into a different language or does it need to be adjusted in some way for different older audiences? You want to be try and looking ahead and saying, okay, well, what if I know this plan is a little bit Swiss cheese, but where are the holes? That’s what that’s how you want to be thinking about it. [00:06:13][148.8]

[00:06:13] The next few questions are to do with the scope of the thing that you’re trying to do. Oftentimes when you’re stuck, you will be deep in the ways and you will just have made a bunch of assumptions about the thing or the projects that you are in when you’re in the way and when you’re in the ways you just think. Now, this is a cast in stone. There’s no way that these can change. You don’t think about them. And so some of these next questions are designed to try and pull you back and rethink the potential scope of the thing. So number six is, could I do this in half the time? So maybe even losses yourself a period of time to do something. You know, I’ve got this blog post to write and I’m going to give myself a week to do it and. You’re putting away and you’re not really making much progress, and so if you said yourself, OK, well, maybe if I just gave myself half the time, what what would that process look like? Maybe you’d have to leave some stuff out. Maybe you would have to reduce the scope of the project, maybe rather than three thousand five thousand word blog posts. You’re talking about a fifteen hundred Web blog post maybe where you are considering having illustrations done by a graphic designer. Instead, you go out and get some stock photography instead. So again, how could I do this in half the time? Number seven is what’s the 80 percent solution again related to number six and again, related to the scope of the problem. Perfectionism. Often means that you take something and you go too far with it. And so one way to make sure that you’re not getting stuck into a sort of perfectionism trap is to say, OK, well, what’s the what’s the good enough solution here? What does was the 80 percent solution, something where you look at it go, yeah, that’s that’s pretty much mostly that that’s good enough. If you can describe what that is, then maybe that should be the scope of your project, maybe by scoping it down slightly by 20 percent from where it was you were aiming at, that you can unstick yourself and start getting gains momentum again. Number eight is how can I 10 percent this so taking number seven and running with it rather than what’s the 80 percent solution? What’s the 10 percent solution? What’s the tiny version of this thing that you’re trying to attempting to do? If, again, it’s a blog post that you’re trying to write, like you look at that and you say, OK, well, maybe the blog post isn’t actually the end result that I’m really looking for here. Maybe it is something the blog post is supposed to provide for you. Maybe it is exposure in the market. Is it your actual end result? Maybe it’s some sort of SEIU benefit. But is there a way of achieving exposure or the SVOD benefit by only putting in 10 percent of the work or effort that you were going to put in? Is there a way, instead of doing this one blog post that’s going to take you five days, maybe you should do 10, 10 percent things and maybe in aggregate those things could add up to achieve the same end result that you want to do. So this is this is this is the biggest sort of scoping question. This is saying, okay, well, if I it if I only did 10 percent of this to achieve the same end result or to achieve an equivalent end result, what would that look like? That can often on sticky quite spectacularly. Number nine, the ultimate scope producer, I suppose, is can I get someone else to do this? Does it have to be me? Am I am I the sticking point here? Could I delegate this? Could I pay someone else to do it? Is there someone else on my team I could hand this off to? I don’t have a team. Is there a freelance or some sort of outsource service that I could pass this over to? And free up my time to do something else? Abadie. That’s always an option. That’s always an option to be able to say, actually, I could get twice as much done if I just had this. I was something someone else and get them to do. So that’s that’s always an option. That’s the ultimate scope, really. It’s like, why am I doing this even in the first place? I should be having this off to someone else. Number 10, again, this is kind of a scoping question, really, but when you’re faced with a really big project, let’s say you’ve got something that you are planning to spend six months on, nine months on a year on the really big, juicy ones. Oftentimes, it’s quite good for you to look at that and say, okay, a bit like the what is the 10 percent version of this look like? You can say, okay, what what what’s the three month version of this? What does that look like? How would you have to scope that down or change the actions that you do to to do this big chunky thing, but do it in three months and then ask yourself why? Okay. Well, what about the one month version? Again, scope it down. What what would you have to do to scope it down? What do you have to do to change it to still achieve some of this end result you’re looking for? If you’ve done a month, say, okay, a week, what was the weak version of? And when you done a week, you say a day. What does a diversion look like? Finally, what is the one hour version of this notebook? Now, that might seem ridiculous and of course, is it is intended to be a little bit ridiculous, but the idea is, is it’s just trying to get you to think beyond what the edges you assume that this problem has or that this priority or action has is like look a little bit further and it might be ridiculous and you might not be able to achieve anything in those periods of time. But just by asking the question and thinking it through, actually, that might release a few extra ideas or angles in which you can either save time or change the way that you’re approaching the problems. Let me. So there we go. There were 10 questions that you can use to help unstick yourself. If you find yourself, feel you’ve lost your way a little bit, you need to find some way to choose an X action or change your priorities or just get something that’s a little bit stuck in the mud moving again. Just go through those questions, answer those questions, get out piece of paper, write down the answers and hopefully or prompt some kind of idea to help get you unstuck. If you’re interested in more of this kind of topic, then please do subscribe to our channel. If you’ve got questions, leave them in the comments below or you can ask them to us on our social media. Make sure you visit our Web site and subscribe details for that kind of stuff is in the description below. Take a look at that. Thank you very much for watching. And I’ll catch you in the next one. [00:06:13][0.0]


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