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21 Ways to Do Everything Better

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21 Ways to Do Everything Better

By Heshy Shayovitz, DivineCaroline

Doing everything with quality increases your chances for success, enhances your reputation, and saves you time in the long run. People typically equate quality with skill, but quality is a by product of time, thoughts and systems.

Here are twenty-one ways to assure quality in everything you do. See where you can apply a couple of these rules to your life. In a few weeks, review the impact.

Review

1. Review Everything
Review everything you touch before you hand it off. Proofread your documents one last time, double check that package to make sure everything is included, triple check your bullet points on your presentation. Always enlist a second set of eyes. Even after you look things over, you may miss some glaring mistakes because you are used to your work. Having someone else look it over will give you a new perspective on your work and may even lead to new, better solutions.

2. Review Contributions of Others
Don’t take it for granted that others can do the job well or even that they know what they’re doing. Trust but verify. Remember the saying, “Don’t expect what you don’t inspect.”

3. Review Your Mistakes
Sometimes you make mistakes. Learn from them and move on.

4. Review Accomplishments
A lot can be learned from your past accomplishments. Take the time to go over your past work and look objectively at what you did well and didn’t do so well. There are many lessons to learn.

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10:24AM PDT on Oct 27, 2011

Often people want to save money and will sacrifice quality. I suppose we all wear some kind of blinders. Long lists overwhelm me; perhaps I'll just pick one or two items and really work on those. Joy in how you engage with others and your work is equally important to your expertise, right?

9:36AM PDT on Oct 27, 2011

Splendid! I'm saving this.

8:50AM PDT on Jun 14, 2010

I need to print this out and keep it pasted onto my wall, I forget many of these so often! Good article!

5:09AM PDT on Jun 7, 2010

:)

12:48AM PDT on Jun 7, 2010

Forget about the Butterfly Credits. This article should be read by everyone!
Really wellthought out!
I like the bit about "don't wait till the deadline".
I tend to do this on occasion and agree that the "last moment" effort, is not so hot!
Thank you, Mel!

5:48AM PDT on Jun 2, 2010

thanks good tips

11:49PM PDT on Jun 1, 2010

Brilliant, tips, thank you!

7:28PM PDT on Jun 1, 2010

A nice commonsense list -- except that these are usually the first things sacrificied in the name of "speed" -- and today, absurdly short deadlines are everything when it comes to competing in the job market. I find many companies/people have come to value speed and finishing on time over quality and doing it right....

8:22AM PDT on May 31, 2010

So true! Thanks.

7:22AM PDT on May 31, 2010

Good tips!

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