Creatives or the people formerly known as artists have traditionally been characterized as free spirits. Driven by inspiration and in search of the ever elusive muse to finish every endeavor. Songs, novels, and movies frequently paint a picture of them as impulsive and ever breathless from passionate pursuits and kisses. Some creatives may fit this description, however another type of creative has emerged. Between blogging with precision and organizing events with an almost eerie capability is the detail driven creative.
Detail driven creatives are free in the delight of anticipating every need, considering all possible angles, and exceeding expectations for each project--- great and small. The benefit of being able to see the big picture and execute down to the most minute detail is applauded by onlookers. Being able to stay on schedule without diving head first into a fascinating rabbit hole during the “research” phase of every project can be a daily frustration. Detail driven creatives must master a “sweet spot” between perfection and proficiency to produce with consistency.
Productivity, efficiency, and results are as tasty to the detail driven creative as chocolate. While searching for one more way to use Trello, Asana, Evernote, or my productive pleasure TallyFy to keep you on track is tempting...you should stop. The truth is you’ve probably over prepared for launching your eBook, online course, and companion mobile app. With a few tips you can transition from planning purgatory into productivity heaven. Let’s look at building your app for an example.
Step One to Productivity Bliss
Make a list of all the add-ons and widgets you need for what you want to create. Based on your plans research how you want to employ your visuals. Make a list of all the colors, themes, features you want in your app and consider what will be most appealing to your audience that complements your current brand. Give yourself a deadline to stop researching options. Don’t look at the list for at least two days after the deadline. Make an appointment with yourself to go back and select the top three options from your research. If you’re anything like me you have another project your working on… give that some TLC.
Your Asana, evernote, Keep, or other Google calendar reminder alerts you that it’s time to make a decision. Look over the list you created. Narrow your options down to the top three. Give yourself, at minimum, another 24 hours away from the top three options. Set a reminder to look at your top three options and choose one.
If you can’t choose this is a great opportunity to involve your existing social media or business peers in the process. Put it to a vote. Have someone who knows you and the audience you’re trying to reach well, select one option if you don’t have any social media presence established. Whatever you do don’t start over again. Research should only begin again if you and someone you trust or your tribe doesn’t like anything you find. Once your decision is made to move to the next step.
Step Two to Productivity Bliss
You’ve chosen your template, gathered your content, and are ready to begin designing your mobile app for your readers using your 28 day trial period (if you’re testing out DIY Author Apps). Implementing is another fun part for detail driven creatives. All of your research and planning goes from concept to creation. Pull up your pre-written posts and customized app icons. Upload your logo, splash images, push notification icon, and features content. Brew your favorite productivity beverage and crank up the tunes or white noise app. Turn the world off and let your creative juices flow as you build your very own mobile app.
Step Three to Productivity
DIY Author apps drag-and-drop builder generates your development kit for Google and Amazon app publishing. Mac users can download the code to Xcode to generate the apk to upload to the iTunes store. The apk or sdk will be waiting in your download's folder ready for you to upload to Google, Amazon, and Apple Developer platforms. Your detail driven happiness is about to turn into a mobile app.
Step Four to Productivity Bliss
All you have to do is upload your mobile app , fill out the details on each platform, and click PUBLISH. Now “soft launch” and share the mobile app with a few peers, friends, and family for honest feedback. The other option is to press PUBLISH and put your well researched "mobile application accelerated downloads plan" into motion. Shout it from the rooftops, place a QR code and short link on your business cards and bookmarks, post an announcement on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, SnapChat, and Twitter that your “app for that” is available. Schedule fun reminder announcements using your social media management tool to let future social peeps know you've created an app for your readers.
Your love for details doesn’t have to bog you down in perpetual planning mode. This method can also be used to batch work months of content so you’re able to focus daily on engagement and driving downloads for your brand new apps. You can adjust the time limits to use with any creative project or goal. The best part is being able to enjoy the bliss of brainstorming, researching, organizing, and building as part of process that enables you to produce on a consistent basis.
Shawneda Crout, M.A.
Author of more than twenty books.