Simple Strategy: When you don’t know how to do something watch someone who does.
I was talking to my daughter recently about being uncomfortable in a situation because she didn’t know what to do. I know we’ve all been there. I remember when we moved to Germany and suddenly I didn’t know how to do the simplest things like pumping gas or buying food. So I used the simplest solution, the one that was right at hand, I watched people. Literally, I stood in the grocery store and watched to see how people handled the checkout process. While I stood in line at the fruit stand I watched to see how people got their fruit (In case you’re wondering, they don’t grab what they want, they ask the merchant for whatever they want.) And when it was time to fill the gas tank, my husband and I watched a couple of people fill theirs first. Since we didn’t know more than a few words of German we weren’t able to read the directions and, while the process is similar, it varies in small ways.
So that’s the advice I gave her – watch. And it’s the same advice I follow today. When I want to create a fabulous product I go back to products I enjoyed and look for the little things that made them great. When I wonder how to create a beautiful flower bed I look at landscapes I like and see what’s there. I watch my neighbors (who have a lovely garden) and see what they do. Whatever you want in your life, there are people out there who have it or are doing it; watch them, learn from them. It’s a simple thing. It’s how we learned to walk and talk; we watched people, mimicked, and practiced. So do what you know works, something you’ve done before, watch and learn.