Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Good, Better, Best

No, this isn't about the 'make your good better, and your better best' little poem.  In fact, it's almost about the opposite.  You see, I run in cycles.  Taking a lot of projects on, then feeling overwhelmed, cutting back, finishing everything up, and then feeling like I want to be doing more.  Wash, rinse, repeat.

I'm realizing now that I would rather be on an even keel.  Yes, I will always probably have these cycles, to a certain extent.  Life tends to happen in waves; that's just how it is.  But I shouldn't re-evaluate what I'm doing only when I'm overwhelmed.  I should figure out why I'm doing what I'm doing before I even say yes to the project to begin with.  Sounds like a no-brainer, right?  But that means that I need to think about how I'll feel about a project later on down the line, when I'm up to my eyeballs in work, not just about how great it is when I'm looking at the opportunity.  That's not so easy to do.  Saying no is not something I do terribly well.  (Well, unless you are my child.  Sorry, girls.)

Opportunities that come have to get close scrutiny.  Something being just 'good' isn't going to cut it anymore.  There are a billion 'good' things to do.  Let someone else do them.