• Another 100 Days of Good Karma: Day 124 (Finding a Process)

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    Wednesday, November 12, 2014

    Run/ Walk/ Bike/ Elliptical (Today:  2.57 miles;  Running Total: 36.62 miles

    Day 124 of *Another* 100 Days of Good Karma.

    When I’m starting something new or doing something that frightens me I always run into frustration that makes me want to quit. I don’t like floundering at, say, a new job or a new hobby.

    To avoid quitting something new out of frustration I look for the process.

    I’m a firm believer that there’s a process for everything. I just have to find it. And once I’ve identified the steps to a process I feel much more confident in my ability to perform the task.

    Looking for a process has helped me with everything from surviving Differential Equations to figuring out tasks at a new job.

    To begin finding the process I ask myself these questions:

    • What works?
    • What doesn’t?
    • Why?

    When I get frustrated or stuck, if I stop and take a few minutes to write down the answers to these questions I usually identify a new part of the process.  And I always want to skip that last question but it’s the most important for problem solving.

    For example, I applied these questions to the task ‘writing a blog post every day’. Here’s what I came up with:

    What works?

    Having a plan for what I’m going to write about every day. Also, having a set format for how the post will look.

    Why does this work?

    Having a plan decreases stress. It makes blogging fun.  It also saves time if I know what I’m going to be working on.

    What doesn’t work?

    Winging it. Scrambling every day to find something to talk about.

    Why does this not work?

    It takes more time to brainstorm each day, come up with an idea, then write and edit the post. This increases the stress surrounding writing a post. An increase in stress means a decrease in fun.

    Piece of the process identified:  I need to take time to brainstorm multiple blog post ideas.

    I’m always tempted to barrel forward and just ‘do something’.

    But that’s usually when I get the most frustrated and want to quit.

    If I take a step back and identify my process then I lessen frustration and make progress.  The process doesn’t always go according to plan, but most of the time it does.

    Today’s silver lining:  It’s worked for 124 days now.  That’s a pretty good track record.

    What’s your silver lining today?  I love comments!

    Don’t want to leave a comment, but have something you want to share?  Send me an email at gettingthewordswrong(at)gmail(dot)com.

    xoxo,
    Meghan

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8 Responsesso far.

  1. Pat Sincox says:

    Definitely highs and lows in these past 124 days. Just keep them coming and keep your process intact!! Now, if I could get you to motivate me to clean out my damned garage………..oh, too cold today, anyway!!

    • Meghan says:

      Just do it, Pat! Think of all the rats and vermin moving in. And better cleaning it out in ‘too cold’ weather than ‘too hot’! (there, did that motivate you? 😉

  2. Tina Smith says:

    For me, knowing what’s ahead and planning (in writing) helps me get higher word counts. Also the words I have are much better and need less work later. It’s just reminding myself that I *need* to plan–in those moments I’ve convinced myself to charge forward without one–is the part that sometimes trips me up.

  3. Pam says:

    I signed up for the monthly BlogHer challenge and am trying to post every day in November, which is quite an increase for me. I’m finding I can’t “wing it,” either. I need to plan out post topics in advance and then work on the details from there. It’s definitely been a stretch (and I still don’t have a topic for today!).

    • Meghan says:

      Some days the topic comes easily. Other days I really have to dig. That’s when the idea pile comes in handy. When all else fails, take pictures of your dog doing something stupid and write about that. 🙂

  4. marriannad says:

    It’s funny that you wrote this post right after I read a list of blog ideas AND after I realized that just consistently posting photos daily (I’m in day 8), I could do more planning/brainstorming/etc. Thank you.

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