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Saving Time in the Form Center

Sample Forms
Do you have to make a Board Application form, a job application, or a feedback form? You can save tons of time by using a Sample Form! Simply click on the type of form you’d like to create in the Sample Form category, save as copy, rename it, and save.

Then, compare it to your client’s current form and make any minor tweaks necessary so they ask for the same information.

We recommend always checking Sample Forms before creating a form from scratch to see if there’s one that will suit your needs.

Field Sets
Do you have a form that lists repeating sets of information like:

  • Length, width, height
  • Employer’s name, address, phone number
  • Name of school, graduation date, certificate

Don’t waste time dragging and dropping each field onto your form!

Instead, take a moment to create a field set. Simply click the Field Sets tab in the form center, create, name, and save your configuration of fields, then save.

From now on, you can simply drag and drop your new field set onto any form and save yourself a big time-sucking headache.

Save As Copy
Last but not least, don’t forget that you can copy any form in the form center, tweak it, and save.

This is great for building forms that are eerily similar on the client’s live site, such as feedback forms, registration applications, and job applications.

For instance, you can make a job application for the Police Department, then tweak it for an open board position.

Motivational

Write Something: Amateur Advice

Do you love writing, but find it difficult to find time making it work? Are you constantly critical of your work, and find that you rarely ever write something worth sharing?

Well, good old Ben Franklin said “If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do things worth writing.” and that really stuck with me the first time I read it.

“Write something worth reading…” Here’s an idea: what if you just wrote something for your enjoyment? Something you would like to read?

Baby Steps
Do me a favor.

Try setting a word limit for yourself. Like 76 or 215. Anything under 300. Then tell yourself, “I will write a whole story exactly this many words long.”

Then, give it a shot.

You can start big with several paragraphs of story, then prune it to exactly the right word count. Or you can start small with a single idea and build from there.

The first 3 or 4 will probably suck.

But then you’ll write one you really like and you’ll want to build something bigger around it.

I find it’s a great way to work on my story telling, descriptions, and word choice. When you get one right, It’s exactly the right amount of reward to keep wanting to write more and more. I find it really addictive.

Working Out
The long and short of it is this: write something.

The person who walks around the block is lapping the person who is sitting at home on their couch. The same is true creatively. Put in the time, do those writing push-ups, and the good habits and strong stories will follow.

I’ve been writing in earnest for 12 years, and I’m still just a beginner. I’m really lucky if 1 out of 10 things I write is any good at all. But for me, right now, all that matters is if I enjoy my own writing – as well as learning from my mistakes and failures.

When it comes to writing, Jedi Master Yoda said it best: “Do or do not, there is no try.”

The Buddy System
Lastly, find a writing buddy. Someone you trust to give it to you straight when you ask their opinion. Writing can be a lonely quest, and is best accomplished with lots of feedback and criticism. Seek discomfort, and you will feel those creative muscles getting stronger and more sure.

If you have any questions or comments, please let me know. I would love to talk.

Keep hitting those keys,
Gabriel

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