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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Clarifying Your Vision

Often times, writing something down solidifies a thought process. If your intention is to start a landscape project, there is a method to design, evaluate and execute any project. Creating a roadmap for your vision sets a framework. This sequence may be considered linear but here are two simple examples to illustrate its logic.

If you intend to create a terrace adjacent to your house, the project doesn’t start by purchasing stone. First, you lay out the area on paper and in the field to make sure it works. You measure the square footage, research material options, evaluate the costs, prepare your work area with the appropriate tools and then build your terrace.

If you need some additional trees around your property, you start by sketching the area on paper, even if it is crude. You purchase wooden stakes available from the local hardware store to layout and locate each tree and/or shrub to assure correct spacing. Next, you label the stakes and then inventory to get a proper head-count. Don’t forget the prep work that may need to be done in advance of a delivery. Then it’s time to tag your plant materials. Don’t be an impulse buyer. Plan your strategy.

Regardless if you are working in small or large spaces, clarity executed in proper sequence is the only way to complete a project. Mapping it out sets your destination. If your intention is to go for a joy ride, then the end goal may not matter. But if you are undertaking a project of any size, it is advisable to create a road map. You can leave some wiggle room for creativity and even possible detours but it is important to establish a solid framework for your project. Time invested in thoughtful planning pays huge dividends during the process.

The opposite of clarity is confusion. Confusion creates chaos and stress and can be extremely costly, specifically on construction projects. Today’s inspirational quote is taken from the book ‘Strategic Acceleration’ by Tony Jeary. “Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.” Don’t take shortcuts when it comes to clarifying your vision.
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