This morning I sat down at my computer to work on the weekly newsletter for work, and I was struck by how quiet it was. 5:30 am in my home is usually filled with the chatter of our one-year-old twins and the hustle and bustle of our early rising seven-year-old. The six-year-old is wise beyond her years; she is usually still in bed. This morning was different.
5:45 am rolls around, and things are still quiet, so I pop over to my blog because I owe you some writing. That’s when I see the timestamp on my last post. Oh man, I’m in trouble. It’s been almost a month since my previous post, I’m sorry!
I think to myself, “so much for writing on a consistent basis,” that plan lasted for about two days. Discipline is a tricky thing, especially when it hasn’t been fully developed. Failure to produce can also occur when we underestimate how crazy life is. Maybe I’m oversimplifying this issue; I should figure that out soon.
I’m amazed by how often folks start new projects with the best of intentions, but they don’t have the necessary discipline to follow through and see them to fruition. Now when I say folks, what I mean is me. In all fairness, it is probably more accurate to say that I come up with more project ideas than projects themselves. That’s a story in and of itself. Perhaps this theme will be fodder for my next post.
Instead of lamenting and falling into the trap of self-doubt, it is crucial that we (me) learn from our mistakes. In learning from these errors, we can develop a new strategy that integrates our new understanding of our self. In other words, we should use our mistakes to pinpoint where we are apt to screw up and make a plan to reduce the likelihood that these behaviors will repeat themselves.
In his latest newsletter, Chris Brogan talks about building efficiency systems that help scale up work production. These systems can come in many forms, and that’s the beauty of it all. We can be creative and come up with unique solutions that help us scale up the work that we are attempting to complete. Chunking up large tasks into smaller, more manageable tasks, is a tried and true educational tactic that applies to the work context.
While this post may lack direction, it is the direct result of a conscious decision to write more often. My humble words pale in comparison to those of Seth Godin, but with practice, I am confident that I will provide value to my readers. Thank you for staying with me, I appreciate you. Now it’s time for a cup of tea with my 7-year-old