Getting Unstuck

July 18, 2017

With the 10 different activities I have going at once, I can sometimes get stuck on a task.

This happened to me recently with an important, high-level task that no one else could do at that time. (Nothing special about me, just right person, right time.)

It wasn't that I didn't know what to do. It was that I didn't know where to begin because there was so much to do and so much I was already doing.

With all of these ideas floating around in my head, I couldn't pick one to start with, and I was missing the obvious.

I needed a plan.

So I sat down and started making lists, cataloging everything I was doing, wanted to do, needed to do, had planned to do, was supposed to do, and had absolutely no time to do.

It was a kind of purge.

I ended up with four lists and a paragraph that was trying to explain it all. It was a mess.

I took a break. I think I watched an espisode of Fargo Season 3 (only something new and engaging can take my mind off work, and I love this show).

Then I came back and reorganized everything. I cut words and sentences and made action phrases and single item lists and put it all in a chronological sequence.

I still had four lists, but they were concise, and they were an outline of how to tackle that important task.