Here are the three excuses I used to use for not investing in me and why I don’t use them anymore:
Waiting for everything to be perfect will just keep you waiting for never.
Sometimes when I seem to be fighting through the work, when it isn’t going smoothly, or when I am suddenly not enjoying something that used to give me great pleasure, it’s because it got complicated.
You know I like to keep things simple. I recommend that you do too. It’s just that every once in a while, complication sneaks up on me.
New information becomes available about the thing you do. So, you look into it and it seems like a good idea, maybe even easier than how you are doing it now. You might as well try it. So, you do. It probably even works out well.
The real problem is when you do that several times over a period of time. The more adjustments you make to a system you already have in place, the more you need to step back and evaluate the big picture of it.
When you are feeling a bit frazzled and that things have gotten a bit out of control, ask yourself:
What is complicated right now?
That is the thing you need to look at. It’s time to resimplify it. Take some steps to make it easy again.
Often a new thing is added, but not as a replacement. It’s more of an addition to what you already have in place. That is fine if it is a real enhancement, one that makes it faster or easier or just better.
- More often than not, it’s just a redundancy. Great, now you have two. When that is the case, pick one and lose the other. Simplicity restored.
- Occasionally it’s a complication. That’s when the new thing made the old thing harder or slower. Remove some steps or just go back to the old way. Now, it’s easy again.
- Sometimes it’s pure distraction. Bright shiny objects can get us to think things will be different, but upon review, it’s just new texture weighing us down. Strip it back down to the point it used to work, the basics system, the essentials.
Complications can appear as resistance. More commonly known as excuses.
- The idea that you can do it yourself. I say you would have already if you knew how.
- The idea that you don’t have the time. I say, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” Oh wait, Benjamin Franklin said that.
- The idea that you can’t afford help. I say you don’t want to invest in yourself.
- Design a plan
- Evaluate the stuff and the space
- Create systems and routines
- Develop the habits
- Enjoy the results
Complications are temporary and with a little review, you will notice where you need to simplify again. Remember, staying organized is a constant, ongoing, editing process. Seek help and streamline it.