Perspiration & Contemplation

Well it’s been a while since I’ve written everything. To be honest, I’ve hardly even thought about it. The times that my prolific lacking would pop into my mind, it would be completely overshadowed by the monumental sized pile of work I have to get done.

In my head, I almost have this dichotomy of understanding my time as either all action or all reflection. The thought of being in the trenches with heavy rain and rifle shells flying is overwhelming enough, there’s just no time to stop and write about what’s happening.

With the amount of work that is coming in right now, my idea has been to just duck my head down and plow through the work. Eventually I would come out the other side, reaching my destination of a client-less month of traveling and writing. How cool would that be?

But, I could be doing a little right now in the midst of it all.

“I want to see mountains again, mountains, Gandalf. And then find somewhere quiet where I can finish my book.”

Bilbo had quite the story, lived quite the life. But he saw it as I often do: journey & adventure, then reflection. While it would have been very difficult for a little hobbit such as he to carry with him his quill & book, I have resources available to me at literally any time of the day.

There is a benefit to taking the time throughout the daily grind to ask the right questions. Why did I react how I did? What could have lead that conversation better? Does my client really understand what I’m explaining? Heck, do I even understand what I’m explaining.

It’s a tough discipline, and a counter-intuitive one at that. When we finish step 1, and we see step 2 just ahead, we step! Before we know it, we’re getting altitude sickness on step 143 with no recollection of how we got there.

So am I saying we should add a reflection line under each to-do? Maybe! I think I’ll try that and let you know how it goes. I want to get in the habit of automatically analyzing what was done well and what wasn’t.

Some people suffer from the other problem, however. And that is over-analyzing.

We all know people like that, whether internally or externally, always thinking and re-thinking, stressing and distressing. And as soon as analyzing your analyzing, see ya later. This is obviously far from productivity; it’s what many also have aptly titled analysis paralysis.

Doing & stewing, perspiration & contemplation, sweat & vet.

Sorry, couldn’t help myself from coming up with some cheesy names, it’s getting late. But whatever you want to call it, there is technique to achieving the perfect balance.

I find that writing it out is a very valuable method of fully fleshing out ideas. You can have a few bullet points in your head or even just a headline. But it takes some proper thinking to get to the guts of the concept.

However long or short you hold up, a little extra time thinking can go a long way. Diving into the cause and effect in order to make adjustments along the way.