I have often avoided a challenge when it seemed daunting – I hope you can relate. It happens when it’s almost too late for me, it is the moment I no longer see any hope of solving it. It is the point at which I wish someone else could solve it for me. This is a sign for me to stop doing everything else, and take a break and face this challenge. Following are tips on how to not get to the point of desperation.
It is easier to avoid a small problem, however as things go nowadays, there are usually more new small problems within a few days of avoiding that initial one. Besides, it feels good to go home and relax, switch off from the busy day. Next day at work, it is easier to find work to keep busy with, now completing outstanding tasks even just to keep avoiding that initial problem.
It becomes difficult to stop the cycle of avoidance, but what if:
- you knew it may only take a few minutes to actually define the problem,
- then to weigh pros and cons of continuing avoidance or to do something,
- then consider options of solving the problem,
- finally commit to the best one and follow through.
Borrow a glimpse of this imagined moment in your future, and consider taking a break from being busy, and solve this one problem. Then celebrate yourself. Next week, repeat to solve another.
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