Abstracting is the process of expressing the ideas of other people in one’s own words.
The idea of having to do something that you had done before comes in calling. It is important to make sure that if you find yourself having to do something that you had done before, you need to find a way of doing it faster. It is easy about how to go about it. It requires you to document the process for the system in question, and then you need to identify what stage takes a lot of time of the process, and then see how you can automate the process and then repeat the process all over again.
A person freelancer found himself having to work on publishing a weekly mail filled with the then most recent resources on a video training site. It turned out to be very difficult building HTML email for an update; the issue seemed to be tough especially because the service was built on hosted CMS that built email marketing features. There thus was no option to code it to make it easier. The situation forced the affected group to build email outside the system. The task of developing an application began and thought it took some time; the problem was arrested once and for all. The emails were now backing in track and the clients were happy. It is thus an important thing to take up any matter and develop a system that works always.
It is possible not to discover that there requires anything that has to be changes. The situation may appear complicated or even like there cannot be another new discovery that can be made thus blocking any vision beyond that. Here all that needs to be done is to forget about the problem; neither should you be bothered about those involved. Just be quiet and listen. Let the people involved relay their story to you until they feel they are done. Most likely they will have to give a long complicated process that seems un-adjustable. On your own just identify with just a small pert that is important. Work tirelessly to understand it and view how things can be changed.
Meet the person and carefully start the process again, enquire what part of the work is most difficult or which part consumes most of their time. Here they can easily point out and you will have gotten the point to begin working on. If for example they say that “”I do this say 500 times a week’ know that that is where you can concentrate on. Just do a little abstracting on the sensitive part raised, once that is done, other pieces will fall into place. Once you fix the biggest problem then you can count yourself successful in your next work.
The Power of Abstract
Abstraction is there to change life and mostly it will be positively. As a confession made by a person who confessed to have done a simple process that changed her life, she points out that it does not have to be a complicated change to have the desired impact. She just collected enough designs samples that she was able to collect casually for three years and managed to publish 20 to 30 web sites each day in specific category. Problem is that presented themselves were initially two, to identify a myriad of fresh sites to catalogue, and then, generation of a lot of images and thumbnails.
The remedy to the identified problems was to write a program and automate it. A simple script would monitor key sites for new sample use. Then a list of review and a future tag for future articles would also be added. It was thus a task that would ensure over 40 collections and would be built at one time.
As for the problem of managing all the images, a cure had to be sought also, confesses the party involved. Automation began with screen shots of sites and storing them on web server. The codes were also used to automate the thumbnails. What was interesting is that when one area was solved, the other problem would automatically be pointed. It became clear of what was to be done after. At the end, generating posts became the easiest and the fastest part and this was all as a result of being proactive and changing things by bit. It does not require an overhaul of the system. All that is needed
The second problem was managing all of the images. I started by automating the screenshots of the sites and storing them on my web server. Then I automated generating the thumbnails. Then I automated generating the code I needed to place into the page to create the post. Each solution pointed out the next problem.
All I had to do was surf the newest material and tag it. Generating a post was the easiest and fastest part! In the end I had countless people comment on the “team” behind the site. Thanks to the automation the site could operate, and generate the amount of content required.
As a result the site changed my life. My entire career has been shaped by this site. And without abstracting the process to make it as painless as possible, I would never have had the time to make it happen.
The freelancers’ view that they need to do it all may be misconceived. Just as you will hire plumbers, and lawn services does not mean that you do it because you are incapable of doing it. You outsource because you can spend that time being in a more productive that may be more worthy than the time you would have spent carrying repair yourself. The same should be applied even in freelancing. The same can be applied in freelancing.
The fear that hit most freelancers from thinking on that line is the fear of becoming obsolete. A clear analysis will however prove that it is the opposite that is likely to happen, you will be having the opportunity to manage the person helping you and therefore you are the connector of both of you, therefore if you were to go, the relation will not suffer. On the other hand, the client finds way to fill your time, or you get more time when you can even get other high paying client. This being the case, you get more income than you would have gotten if you decided to stick to the initial project alone,
Note that when in business what matters most is how much profits you make. The rule of economics demand maximization of profits. If then there is an extra penny available that can be earned genuinely without compromising clients work then you need to go for it. As we have seen that the process is even bringing some more people on board who gain experience and even more, abstraction is bringing in multiplier effect in the understanding of wealth creation which should be a good target.
The final impact of abstraction is making things done efficiently and effectively. If that is the case, then what else can one say? It should be taken as a duty, to always seek for how things can be done better and faster. That should be as a call to every freelancer. It will always bring news opportunities to the freelancer that will make his life even more comfortable.