Solve and Thrive

As mentioned, I have initiated a new morning routine to solve my problems related to blogging – or, rather, lack thereof. You see, identifying my problems made me realize that all of them can be solved… in the morning, the time where I am the most focused and productive.

Being tired after work? Solution: Working in the morning. To me, this meant:

  • Go to bed earlier, to wake up (relatively…) energized
  • Drink ice cold water when I wake up, to prime my mind
  • Luckily, I did not have to wake up earlier, seeing as I chose to re-prioritize my existing morning routine (I wake up at 07:00, spend an hour on my routine, and then get ready for work).

Lack of inspiration despite a million ideas? Solution: Pick and stick to one idea until completion. To me, this meant:

  • Pick the first blog idea that comes to mind
  • Free-write on the post outline
  • Continue to fine tune writing until satisfaction, aka completion

Not having a routine to follow? Solution: Use my existing morning routine. To me, this meant:

  • Stop watching and reading news in the morning (instead, listen to news while getting ready/on the way to work)
  • Set up blogging station (aka my computer…) in designated writing spot
  • Start writing

I am so happy about my new morning writing routine. I truly thrive when I start the day accomplishing something important me, and this positive energy stays with me throughout the day.

This Gretchen Rubin inspired “identify, solve, thrive” routine is super easy, and is applicable to basically everything standing in your way to achieve your goals. Now, I almost wish that I have more problems, so I can use the method! What about you, feel like giving it a try?

I will continue finetuning my morning routine, by researching the inspiring webpage turned book My Morning Routine.

Identify and Solve

As written in my last post, I have been tidying like a crazy person lately. Sorting through all of my stuff, eliminating (aka hiding in the attic, but please don’t tell Marie Kondo) everything that doesn’t spark joy. And so here I suddenly am, surrounded by joy and tidiness, and it is wonderful. Except for a miiiinor detail: Now I have to blog!

You see, although I enjoy tidying, I have also used it as an excuse not to blog: “I don’t have time to blog today, because my TODOIST says I have to sort through my stockings… and ticking off an item in an app is way more important than challenging myself creatively and intellectually through my blog… oh, dang it!

Isn’t it frustrating how we sometimes are so reluctant to do something we know is good for us? I usually consider myself a pretty resourceful and solution oriented person. However, when it comes to blogging, these qualities are nowhere to be found. I’ve become somewhat of a Master of Excuses, always thinking up obstacles not to blog. But now I am sick of excuses.

One of Gretchen Rubin’s commandments helped me kill my Master of Excuses. Commandment no. 8: Identify the Problem. Once identified, solve the problem. The beauty of this commandment (and Gretchen Rubin’t commandments in general) is that it is simple, logical and implementable. Thus, leaving me no excuse but to engage it in my life.

I narrowed down* my problem with blogging to the following three main reasons:

  1. Being tired after work
  2. Lack of inspiration despite a million ideas
  3. Not having a routine to follow (yes, I am a lover and creature of habit)

Once identified, I realized that these are not huge, unmanageable problems. Not only did this realisation empower me, it also motivated me to find a solution – and stick to it.

My solution? A new morning routine, which I will explain more about in my next post. Stay tuned!

*Prior to actually starting the blog, I had a several other problems. Luckily I already managed to solve these:

  • No good computer to write on, was solved by prioritized my spending to save up money for a new computer
  • Lack of confidence to put myself out there, was solved by reading a lot of personal development books, doing a lot of coaching, and getting a hobby (tennis)
  • Not enough money to invest in WordPress, was solved by buying the domaine and adjusting my monthly budget accordingly
  • No blog name, was solved by forcing myself to “just pick one”, and realizing that people would read my blog as long as the content was good, no matter the name
  • No good place to write… OK, this was just a bad excuse, there are a million good places in this world to write!

Watch Out

Most people, especially highly gifted people, do not really know where they belong until they are well past their mid-twenties.” – in Managing Oneself, by Peter F. Drucker

Were you as relieved as me, when you read the above quote by “the founder of modern management” Peter Drucker? Not only does he legitimize career uncertainty, he even acknowledges that it can be a sign of brightness. Oh, happy day!

It’s not exactly like I don’t know what I want to do in life. It’s just that I sometimes question whether I am in the right place to do “it”… Oh, and whether I want to keep doing “it” for the rest of my life… Although life is long, it is also very short! Especially with the decades of education we have to go through nowadays. Good thing modern medicine seems to be prolonging our lives with an equal amount of years, I guess.

This uncertainty is one of the many reasons that I am so grateful for the coaches in my life. As previously mentioned, my coaches help me confront and discuss questions about my career, motivations, values, etc., which are crucial aspects when defining my desired future.

At the moment, my coach and I are working on defining my strengths, to subsequently utilize them to achieve my goals. As Peter Drucker states: “a person can perform only from strength. One cannot build performance on weaknesses…

In his article “Managing Oneself”, he further raises some of the questions, I am discussing with my coach:

  • Am I a reader or a listener?
  • How do I learn?
  • Do I work well with people, or am I a loner?
  • How do I produce results, as a decision maker or as an advisor?
  • Do I perform well under stress, or do I need a structured and predictable environment?
  • Do I work best in a big organization or a small one?
  • What are my values?

Come on, now, have a go at the above questions yourself! And if you are interested in learning more about Managing Oneself, read Peter Drucker’s article 🙂