Do you ever get in these cycles where you’re going to get big things done, and you push, and you push, and you push…and then before you can finish – you crash?
Sometimes the crash is external. Something happens that stops you in your tracks.
I was determined to get some software working on my newish laptop. I bought it after Christmas, but I’ve only dealt with getting things working as I needed them. I have bad luck with technology sometimes. Everything is supposed to be plug and play…but for me it rarely is.
Anyway, I needed to do something with the microphone. I had bought it months ago, but never took it out of the box. Call it a premonition? Sure enough, plug it in – it doesn’t work.
So then I’m off on the search for what the problem is, trying thing after thing after thing. I’m obviously not the only one having this problem, but fixing it was like finding a needle in a haystack. Did we really have to go to Windows 10?
I stuck with it until I got it fixed. And I managed to fix another problem while I was at it.
OK, I was victorious, but I didn’t accomplish what I set out to accomplish.
Can you think of a time when something out of your control got you off track?
A lot of people run into trouble building furniture. You buy a bookshelf or a desk. You pick a time to put it together so you can get your room organized. But no! Its missing parts!
Has that ever happened to you?
So then, life happens. We have jobs and other things in our lives that demand our time and energy. But we are determined to get back to that thing that is still undone.
So today, I worked with my sister. We had only 2 houses and were done by noon.
Cool. I can get back to my project!
No, now comes the second kind of crash. You hit a wall.
I could barely hold my eyes open while I tried to check emails. I was really dragging.
I remember from management leadership training that whenever you have successfully completed a big project, you need to build in some downtime.
It seems natural that you want to move on to the next thing You’re kind of on a high from successfully completing the last challenge. But burnout hits and you’re done.
I guess struggling with technology, or building a bookcase are big enough projects to drive us into burnout.
All you can do is take a break. It will be there tomorrow.
Another mentor of mine said to ask yourself, “Is anyone going to die?” If not, chill.
But it really stinks sometimes. You finally get the motivation and time to deal with something that you’ve been putting off, and BAM!
I wish I had better advice, but that’s the best I’ve got on this one. We just keep on keeping on.
How about you? Do you have any tips to share that would help?