Getting Back Into It

You used to be an expert at something.

You were the goto guy/gal to make it happen and get it done.

You were an unstoppable force to be reckoned with that jumped in with fearless abandon, each and every day.

When the chips were down, you were the person they would call.

Now you’ve haven’t been doing that “something” for awhile and you’re starting to feel like you’re not good enough, not smart enough, not brave enough to make that leap.

Only you are, you have the wisdom of where to start, the capacity for understanding how to grow and the knowledge to start at Step 18 instead of Step 1.

Where you will spend extra time getting up to speed, someone else will spend extra time getting up to your speed to then do all the things that you are going to do.

Just because you haven’t done something in a while doesn’t mean you are now bad at it – it just means you haven’t done it in awhile and like anything you need to shake off the rust, dust off the cobwebs and get back to to getting it done.

The Distraction Subtraction

I’ve taken to using those productivity timer tools of late, being a little weary of what they offer.

And what they offer is great.

The one I am big on these days is Strick Workflow because it is so simple.  It’s a Chrome extension, so easily installed across my various profiles and it has one job (but does two);

  1. Block access to sites for x period of time.
  2. Give you a break for x period of time.

#1 is what I searched for, #1 and #2 is what I found.

When we have so many notifications coming our way on a daily basis, this is a great basis to not only block access to the notifications, but to the applications themselves that would prevent the notifications.

Simply to install, simple to use, does what is says and offers maximum benefit – that’s a great product.

Week-Over-Week

Don’t you hate when you spend the day before the week to start and you meticulously lay out your week in front of you.  You’ve got your beautiful TODO lists all planned out, tasks, boards, charts, post-its, whatever it is you do to get organized and then…

BOOM

Monday starts and you’re already pushing pieces out to the next day, and then the next and next thing you know you’re starting to get ready for next week realizing you didn’t accomplish what you had initially intended to get done.

So what happened?

Did you not make the time?

Did the urgent take over the important?

Did someone’s priorities interfere with yours?

All of the above (and more).

It’s going to happen, some weeks are worse than others, there is no silver bullet to really get it done.  The best I can think of is to step back and look at my Week over Week (WOW?) and see what I did versus what I Intended versus what is on my plate for next week.  It might not get all my items done, but at least I have a better idea of what I did, where I went wrong or needed more time and if I really want to check all the boxes for next week where I really need to invest in my schedule.

It’s not a plan to check all the boxes, it’s a plan to figure out why you aren’t checking all the boxes, figure out which ones are noise (can be eliminated), which ones are valid (life happens) and which ones need refinement (I could have done that better).

 

Why no homework?

Disclaimer: I am not a teacher by trade.

There is a trend in some schools to not give children homework – “It takes too long”, “I can’t observe what they are doing”, “How do I know their parents aren’t doing it for them?”, etc, etc.

All potentially valid reasons for not sending homework home with children.  However, when this happens, I believe the children are being robbed of a few lessons they would not otherwise get a chance to practice.

Organization  – I have all this work to do this week, I better plan out when to do what.

Responsibility – If I am to do these extra-curricular activities, it is my responsibility to ensure that I have completed everything.

Time Management – If I am not able to do work tonight, I better start getting this done now.

Three lessons – Organization, Responsibility and Time Management – three invaluable lessons that might not make a big deal when considered against the scope of the work, but three lessons that set that child up for success so that when they start getting homework they know how to work the problem – Get Organized.  Be Responsible.  Manage My Time.