I have a serious case of Start and Stop Syndrome. What? Never heard of it?
It’s that condition that starts with a gung-ho idea—going full speed ahead with all good intentions. Then, suddenly, you slam on the brakes for one reason or another. Perhaps it’s a lack of time, energy, motivation, or desire or a loss of interest. Whatever the reason, you now have another unfinished project. (Take my weekly blog, for example. The last entry was, sigh, a year ago.)
Anyway, life in the start/stop lane started to look sunnier after reading, “The Lazy Genius Way: Embrace What Matters, Ditch What Doesn’t, and Get Stuff Done,” by Kendra Adachi. Like most non-fiction books I read, I started off excited and intent on finishing. The one difference with this book is that I did finish!
Adachi’s strategies made complete sense, and I soon developed a well-received “Lazy Genius” curriculum to share with my students. In fact, I even created and FINISHED a PowerPoint: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfkSsqs5y4Y
The basic premise is deciding what to do. “When you care about everything, you do nothing well and are tired all the time,” writes Adachi. Choose what matters most and remember that eventually other tasks will get their day. What's more, she advises readers to take embarrassingly small steps forward.
My favorite strategy is to do something now to make the actual task easier to complete later. For example, I plug in my computer and set up my workspace ahead of time so that everything's ready when I’m ready to start.
Finally, I’m reminded of the importance of being authentic. “You’re not a project. You’re a person of value,” Adachi writes.
Be kind to yourself. God made you uniquely you! Until next time—which hopefully will be sooner than later. (-:
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