Quality Speed and Cost

Quality Speed and Cost

When engaging someone to work on a project, there are three things to consider: quality, speed, and cost.

These three factors are three sides to the “quality equation”.  Picture this: “quality”, “speed” and “cost” as three sides to a triangle.  If you were to have equal sides to this triangle, you would be receiving reasonable quality work, presented in a reasonable time-frame and at a reasonable price.  This is, of course, an ideal scenario if you just wanted to have a job done satisfactorily.

On the other hand, if you had a tight deadline and client promises to fulfill, things might be a different matter.  For example, if you had an advertising deadline set for Monday for an ad which you have booked a space for at a certain time, you are essentially asking the designer whom you are hiring to work through the weekend and set aside any personal matters for that time-frame – presumably presenting a reasonable or exceptional job at the end of it.  If the “speed” and “quality” sides of your “quality equation” triangle are lengthened (you are demanding more), you should expect to pay premium rates for the extra demands.

Scrimping and saving on a few dollars might turn out to be penny-wise, pound-foolish in the end if you saved money that could have ensured you a job well done and no stress or repercussions on missing a deadline.

Motivation in a Slump?

Motivation in a Slump?

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said that “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm”.  It’s true – motivation is an interesting thing.  It is human nature to be affected by our environment, and we can in turn be motivated by fear or motivated by pleasure – or the prospect of pleasure.  Motivation is a strong human emotion that can be a big driving force.  However, it’s only natural to sometimes find yourself in a slump, feeling demotivated and as if there were “no way out”.

Especially in times when the news is filled with negativity and distress, it’s hard to find the positive to be motivated by. It then becomes important for us to keep our “emotional fitness” in check, in order to remain motivated.

What is “emotional fitness”?  We place a lot of importance on physical fitness and definitely should not ignore our emotional health.  To be emotionally fit is to find fulfillment in our human relationships, which are at the core of what it means to be “human”.  In order to be emotionally fit, we should consciously try to be more self aware in our social interactions and in the way we treat ourselves.  We should develop empathy and strive to deepen healthy relationships and move away from negative ones.

Some tips to hone your emotional fitness would be:

  1. Alone-time is important: Take time to be alone with yourself.  This gives you time to understand what your body physically needs.  A well-rested body is a well-rested soul.  Your emotional health is very much linked to your physical wellness.  If you want to be emotionally fit, you should understand that your body works together with your brain.
  2. Understand your emotions: Try to identify your feelings and label them.  If something upsets you, label it as upsetting.  This helps to decrease your stress hormones.  We are always told to ignore negative feelings in order to “make them go away”, but this just will not happen.  Quit bottling things up – face them and find a solution.
  3. Quit being defensive: We try to defend ourselves from being hurt, but being hurt is all part of being human.  When you are defensive, you stop being open to new experiences.  Learn acceptance instead.