I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately. Thinking about my house, and some fabulous interior design projects. I mean, I’ve lived here for a year already. It’s probably time to start putting my personal touches on this place. Unpacking would probably be good, too. Anyway…
A lot of major projects have better results when there is a plan and an end goal in mind. When you know your end goal, you can better plan out the details and organize to achieve the very best result. Understandable, right??
Design projects are no exception to this rule. To start, implement, and achieve a great design project, you need to start by knowing your end goal. Once this is known, you can work backwards to plan and prepare your design project and then you can execute it perfectly.
8 Ways to Achieve Your Design Projects Goals
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Keep an Idea Log
An artist in any sense of the word should keep an idea log. Use whatever method works for you and your design projects. Maybe it’s Pinterest or your smartphone, a notebook, or even napkins as long as you can keep track of them. Even if you think you won’t forget such a genius idea, write it down. Write every detail associated with it, too. Just in case.
Draw Out Plans
Make yourself a detailed map or draw out the end goal of your design project. This will help you work out the specifics of your project. Which wall should the sofa go on? If you arrange your furniture that way, will you still be able to see the TV? Drawing out plans will help you come up with other ideas and fine tune the details, helping the project along.
I admit it – I am a list maker. Whenever you’re planning a project, you need to make lists for everything. Keep lists of supplies you already have and supplies you need, as well as lists of items and tasks that need to be completed to reach your end goal. You may want to make a list for any other details for your project, too. And maybe a list of your lists.
Thorough preparation is another key to reaching the end goal of your design project. With your end goal in mind, and with your design project planned out, you can prep everything to make your design project as easy as possible. This will help ensure its success, too.
Buy All Supplies
Use your lists, of course. Try not to go to the store without a complete list of everything you need for your design project, including brands if you know them. Everyone hates running back to the store to get that box of screws, paintbrush, or roll of plastic sheeting.
Prep Your Work Area
Now, we’re just about ready to start. Get your design space ready for implementation of your end goal. Clear out old items, put up painter’s tape or plastic if needed, and do all the prep work. Make sure you’re ready to paint.
Organization before Execution
Use your lists and drawings from the planning stage to organize everything you need to complete your design project. Most of all, this will help you avoid being caught without the tools or supplies that you need. Not that I’d know anything about that. 😉
Careful planning and preparation are how you are going to reach your design goal. Look over all of your plans, lists, and prepared supplies twice to make sure you’re ready.
You are now ready to make your vision happen. With your plans and drawings on hand, and your carefully prepped work space, you are ready create your design project. Simply by starting with your end goal, you can use your vision to completely plan and implement your design ideas.
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