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:
- Get curious: What are the patterns of behaviour that cause you to get in your own way?
- Track the small wins - and visibly track them. That will keep you motivated.
- Make it hard to make it hard for yourself. Be aware of your usual tricks and get on top of them.
Fox, J 2016, ‘Get Out Of Your Own Way’, Blog post, 17 April, accessed 15 May 2016, <http://www.drjasonfox.com/read/sabotage>.