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:
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:
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!
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