—I have to do what first?
—The prep work.
Why is prep work important?
When I finally decide to do something, I just want to jump in and get down to . . .
painting the bedroom.
tiling the floor.
planting the garden.
Yet, almost always, just jumping in is not prudent. Sometimes it’s not possible.
Before painting, clear and wash down the walls, fill the holes, tape the edges and windows, and, unless you’re also replacing the it, protect the floor.
Before tiling, remove the old flooring (even if the last owners didn’t!), then clean, clean, and clean. Over there, clean a little more.
Before planting the garden, pull the weeds, turn the soil, make the rows, and feed the soil.
In school, prep work is attending class, studying for the test, reading before writing a research paper. At work, similar.
But what’s the prep work for creative work?
Sometimes it’s just staring into the space before you. Sometimes it’s getting a good night’s sleep.
Just do it. It nourishes the work you’re about to take on.
Good night! I have prep work to do.
©Copyright Pennie Nichols. All Rights Reserved, 2017.
Ugh. Prep work. I’m like you. Just get to it.
But then you end up having to fix it later.
Yep. Do the prep!
Indeed. And once you go beyond the Ugh!, it’s not so bad.