Dave Hakes' – A/V Life


"I must do something!" will always solve more problems than "Something must be done"

Seeing things as they will be…

Posted by delta on February 10th, 2010

Sorry for not writing in here for a while (I write quite frequently in FB)…

Anyway, had something interesting to share cause I’ve been asked many times lately how I am able to get things done so quickly without really trying (at least it appears that way to the people asking).  There’s really two factors:  the first is how I “see” things and the second is that I just get it done. Let me explain, and I’ll start off by saying that, my way of “seeing” things is not seeing them as they are, but as they will be.  I have a saying (that I probably stole from someone else, but can’t remember who) that “it’s all about the prep”.  It really is…

Example 1:  Before I start writing code I can actually see the GUI and functionality in my brain. I can see the GUI/functionality of it as I’m writing it although all I can actually see with my eyes is the code. I’m sure many people who write code can “see” the same thing I am “seeing” – I just never asked anyone.  Above and beyond that, I always write things in that aren’t necessarily requested/needed for now but may be in the future (so if I need to add functionality two months from now, I merely have to activate the code – it’s already there)…

Example 2:  When setting up a show, before I even walk in the room I have a picture in my head of the end product. Everything! I “see” where every speaker, projector, light, piece of truss, cable run, hang point, P&D, etc will go because the picture of the show is in my head. I’m not just thinking about Audio, Video, or Lighting – the whole picture is in my head (often the end result is 90% of what I thought it would be, the other 10% is from others doing what they do).  Above and beyond that, I always add things that may be requested (such a POD power and VGA)…

Anyway, that’s how I “see”.   As I’m doing something I have a picture of the end product in my head and just work toward that – then I add things that I think may come up – I just get it done man.  That’s how I do it…

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