On the weekend I read an interesting article by Jason Fox. It was about the way self sabotage can creep into our lives without us really being aware of it. Do any of these sound familiar to you?
We have stories that sabotage our own work: leaving things to the last minute (I work better under pressure; I have my best ideas at the last minute).
We have a specific notion of how things need to be in order for the work to begin: I need to get ……… before I can get started or I just need to set up my (work area, desk top, font/layout, file saving) and then I can get to work.
Saying yes to too many things, too often, almost inevitably results in substandard work for some of your subjects. Organising and setting priorities can stop time slipping by without notice.
Do you set yourself up to work in circumstances that are uncomfortable or have too many distractions? Are you up all night on the phone or the internet and not getting enough sleep? Are you forgetting to eat well, resulting in a body (your very important hardware) that is not performing at full capacity?
Jason presents some steps for finding your solutions:
Fox, J 2016, ‘Get Out Of Your Own Way’, Blog post, 17 April, accessed 15 May 2016, <http://www.drjasonfox.com/read/sabotage>.
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