Being visually oriented, I often get overwhelmed with the information in front of me. I am non-linear and concrete random in my thinking style, which makes me very creative, but not well-organized. The Ultimate Blog Challenge suddenly seemed like too much.
Who would think that a simple piece of paper with blocks of information would be overwhelming? But yesterday as I was checking off my blog to-dos, all I could see were how many blocks were left to go, not how many I had already checked off.
Now, it’s not like I don’t have ten new posts and lots of nice comments from the other UBC-ers. You’d think that would be enough of an accomplishment for anyone. But I kept SEE-ing that big chunk of uncompleted tasks for the rest of the month.
So taking a clue from my coach (having a coach for a best friend really ROCKS!), I literally broke down the checklist into smaller pieces, so that the mass of to-dos now fit neatly on my planner pages. See that right-hand page? That’s how the blocks seemed to me, a big pile of tasks scattered across a month. But those four little blocks on the left? Each one is DO-able.
One of the things I’m learning about systems is that I do have to develop my own. I can take hints and clues from other folks, but just as I am my own brand, I have to be my own system as well.
The good thing is that I like playing with scissors and glue! Win-Win. Now to check off those little boxes for today. Happy Friday!