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Formulate tasks and focus goals when creating the concept - 9 tips

A good Concept ABC School Joke Oud saves time and makes work easier. But how do you create a really good concept? And how do you manage to keep an overview? Best of HR – Berufebilder.de®

Keep an overview

There is a basic core problem that stands in the way of many people when developing a concept, especially if it is somewhat more extensive:

In view of the extensive information, you lose the overview. And afterwards no longer see the forest for the trees. But how can that be handled?

Help, too much info!

Do you know such sentences? "It is far too much" "I have far too many documents, but far too little time to read everything and really work through it." Or: "It is far too much material and material for me to be able to keep everything in my head at the same time and get a real overview."

Stop! The next demotivation trap lurks here: Do you really have to read and work through everything? And do you have to juggle everything in memory at the same time? The answer is clear: No!

Our learning methods: yesterday's snow

Although we are accustomed to our school and training system to read everything from point to point and then maybe have to memorize it, too, this is snow yesterday!

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With this antiquated work style, you will not be able to go further in the age of permanent information overload and high-speed management, but will end up in a dead end of unfinished, semi-finished tasks that will pull you off.

9 tips for a better overview

However, what helps you keep an overview are the following tips:

1. Free yourself up for more efficient reading methods

Get free from old workloads - there are more efficient methods that do not exceed your reading capacity, nor overload your brain, but still let you be the master of the information and material flood.

Another problem, however, is: "I don't see through" "I have no problems with the fabric filling, but how should I relate the different facts to one another and then interpret them? The content of my documents is so heterogeneous that I fear that I will not be able to see through it. ”

2. To understand complex facts

In particular, when a situation seems contradictory and unclear, it is not easy to develop a coherent picture and a coherent concept.

Another problem is the complexity of many issues. Complexity is not to be confused with complexity. “Complicated” simply means “difficult”; “Complex”, however, means “multilayered, forming a large number of confusing interrelationships, networked with one another, forming a system”.

3. Relax, instead of being demotivated from the beginning

Today many things are not only complicated, but also complex - but still manageable. For the weighing and interpreting of different information, there are also qualitative and quantitative methods, such as the morphological matrix and the paper computer.

So relax, and do not let yourself be demotivated before the start of dummy problems!

4. The real problem when creating a concept

Now that you have reviewed my three tips, I would like to ask you directly the question: What is your personal problem in the development of your concept?

The real problem is that before you get started, you need to be clear about your job:

  • What is the purpose of your concept?
  • What conditions or conditions must be observed?

5. What is the task?

Let's say your job is to create an advertising campaign for a new software product. In this case, the goal could be: “The concept should illuminate all elements of the distribution mix and find the most promising.”

One condition could be: "The advertising budget must not exceed two million euros." In a nutshell, formulate the goal of your concept and all associated conditions precisely and completely, in writing.

6. Use the 3 steps to create a concept

I would like to draw your attention to the 3 steps that are necessary for the proper creation of a concept and which I have dealt with very extensively in the following articles.

  1. Conception under time pressure
  2. Keep an overview
  3. Write the concept

7. Objectives in mind

In this way, you always have the essentials of your task in mind. This is particularly important if you are in danger of "drowning" in the variety of information and the complexity of the individual work steps.

A concept is mostly not self-purpose, but pursues an overriding goal; it is created, for example, to serve as an information basis for further work steps. Now formulate the higher goal in writing.

8. The overall goal

In the case of the advertising campaign, the overall goal could be: "The concept serves as a basis for decision-making for the meeting with the advertising agency on February 20."

Now consider whether you still pursue other goals with your concept. For example, these may be personal goals that are not directly related to the work task but are nevertheless important.

9. Do not forget immediate goals

In the case of the advertising concept, the goal could be: “I want to convince the advertising agency with my concept and win for the solution I have found. With the concept, I would like to recommend myself as head of the advertising campaign. ”

Don't bother with fake problems that ultimately end up unnecessarily questioning your skills. Concentrate on the essentials of your concept, namely the immediate goal:

  • What is the purpose of your concept?
  • What are the conditions and requirements?
  • The overarching goal: what is your corporate purpose?
  • The personal goal: What do you want to accomplish with the concept for you personally or professionally?

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4 answers to "Formulating tasks and focusing on goals when creating a concept - 9 tips"

  1. Paulina Philipps says:

    All along I was looking for a good guide to concepts. Here I can only say: super, super, super! Thumbs up!

  2. Marcus Donnelly says:

    Creating a concept well is really important nowadays!

  3. Christopher Treadway says:

    Their style is unique compared to other people I've read stuff from.

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    [...] Especially when the frustration is deep, there is a great risk that one will complain instead of convincing with arguments. Then the boss has to listen to sentences like: “The cost of living has increased”, “The children cost so much” or “I just can't get by with the money”. Surprisingly (be careful, irony) that doesn't convince a boss. And comparisons with colleagues are an absolute no-go. If you want more money, you should prove (for example with the success diary) that you achieve a lot, assume responsibility, advance the company with innovative ideas or save costs with your work. Here are some tips on how to write a concept. [...]

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