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.
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