STYLE Savvy: Declaring Independence from the Usual Way of Doing Things

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"STYLE Savvy: Declaring independince from the usual way of doing things" by Lisa Hess (CatholicMom.com)

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A few weeks ago, I had a project to complete. Trouble was, I couldn’t muster any enthusiasm to complete it, nor could I find a way in. This was unusual in that this project was in an area I typically enjoy, but it had gotten pushed aside for so long that I was now down to the wire. Let’s just say that adding a deadline did not make the project any easier to approach.

By the end of the day, I’d completed it — all but the finishing touches — and I was good with that. I ended up being surprised, however, by the path I took. While “sit down and get it done” is usually the most logical approach, it was failing me miserably. The sitting down part was easy enough. It was the getting it done part that wasn’t happening. I found myself staring into space, devoid of ideas, and the longer this went on, the more panicked I became.

I had to find a way in.

As it turned out, that way in was working on the project ten minutes at a time, then taking a quick break to do something else that needed to be done (throw in a load of laundry, empty the dishwasher, and so on). Because the “filler” tasks were mindless, they didn’t interfere with the main project; by doing this, I kept the flow going, even if I wasn’t physically at work on the main event.

And you know what? It worked.

Sometimes, when we’re stuck on something, the most important thing we can do is listen to ourselves. When we step back and ask ourselves what we need to do to get this done, the answers sometimes present themselves.

The trouble is, we often dismiss the answers we come up with. When what we come up with is “a nap,” “a break,” or “some variety,” we label ourselves as lazy. As soon as we bring that judgment into the picture, we squelch creative solutions and we’re right back where we started.

Stuck.

Organizing by STYLE isn’t just about organizing. It’s about listening to yourself and valuing your ideas, no matter how out-of-the-box they may sound to other people. Daring to reject the traditional approach is what allows us to grow, both in organizational ability and in confidence.

So be daring. Listen to yourself. Declare your independence from traditional solutions and seek the ones that work for you.


Copyright 2018 Lisa Hess

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About Author

Lisa Lawmaster Hess has contributed articles to local, national and online publications, and blogs at The Porch Swing Chronicles, The Susquehanna Writers and here at Catholicmom.com. She is the author of two non-fiction books (Acting Assertively and Diverse Divorce) and two novels, Casting the First Stone and Chasing a Second Chance. A retired elementary school counselor, Lisa is a lecturer in psychology at York College and enjoys singing with the contemporary choir at her church.

2 Comments

  1. Thanks for the great idea and permission to look at things differently. I’ve recently found myself in a similar situation and it’s helpful to read someone else’s creative response.

  2. Thanks for your comment, Merridith! I’m so glad this was useful for you. The feeling of being stuck is never fun — I hope you found a fun way out!

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