I was nine when I discovered the amazing world of Joss Whedon’s imagination, though I didn’t know it was his work at the time. I watched Disney’s underrated Atlantis: The Lost Empire and it quickly became my second favorite movie (next to Hercules, of course. Have you heard that soundtrack?). The story was all Whedon’s, but this was before he created the cult success that was Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
I rediscovered Whedon’s work again as a college student. It began with Avengers and I worked my way backwards through Dollhouse, Firefly, and Serenity. If you’ve ever watched a Joss Whedon film or TV show, you’ll notice that there’s a recurring theme: strong female characters. The women that he imagines are confident in their abilities, they’re witty, they’re intelligent, and they break every gender role that we know. He goes even further to create equal societies where the men appreciate these female characters and the unique strengths that they possess. For this reason, I truly admire the work that he’s done both inside and out of the entertainment industry.
Whedon gave an interview in which he provided guidelines for getting things done and if there’s anyone I’ll listen to, it’s him. So here are his guidelines:
1. Get specific
2. Get the fun stuff done first, and let the rest fill in instead of working chronologically
3. Reward yourself early and often (give yourself some chocolate for just HAVING the idea)
4. Fill the tanks. In other words, read and watch as much stuff as you can that is outside of your comfort zone. Otherwise, your narrow-mindedness will show
5. Enlist your friends. Have them help you with your project
6. Find someone to give you tough love
Now that is a step-by-step guide for getting stuff done if I’ve ever seen one.