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How To Explain What It Is You Want Done

If you want me to complete your task quickly and with the right outcome, then I need clear instructions.

To make sure I get those clear instructions, here are some tips to help you.

Write your instructions in the task, not in a separate document.

Include information such as:

  1. The outcome you want from or the goal of this task. The easiest way to think of this is how will you know the task has been completed correctly.
  2. Why do you want this task to be done.
  3. The resources that have been provided or will be needed to complete this task. This includes:
    • relevant links to web pages or other resources
    • the Task IDs of any previous task that the new task builds on
    • any login details that have not already been provided

Summarise what’s needed

The best way to summarise is to use dot points. Dot points make it very easy to follow what you need done.

Some people find it easier to write a word picture of the task. That’s fine but use dot points as like a checklist.

If you think it would be easier to show me rather than tell me:

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