out of nowhere last week, i began taking notes on my work-related frustration. it sounds arduous, like keeping a food journal, or troubling, like prep for a communist self-criticism session.
but it was neither. i didn’t count calories nor was i exiled as a result of my discoveries. instead, the process was painless, fast, and profound. so far, i’ve noticed the following:
- outlines are too detailed, creating overlap and confusion between ideas
- plan posts, then back out at the last minute. WHAT’S THAT ABOUT?
- write longhand and banish the computer, at least initially
- freaking out over schedule changes. why?
taken together, they provide a drawn-to-scale map of all proverbial quicksand blocking me from my destination. not a bad thing to have.
to try it, keep the process absurdly simple:
- put paper near dominant hand while seated.
- place pen nearby.
- between tasks, scan how you feel and note any extremes.
- don’t force anything. your attitude should be gentle, like, “ah, ok. i see now.”
as you get more comfortable reflecting, the insights will become obvious and hit you forcefully. it's pretty cool.