4 Blockers of Progress

Even in the short time since I’ve started this blog I’ve already noticed behaviors and attitudes creeping up that are getting in the way of this project. Take a look at the four blockers below and see if any of them have bedeviled your progress.

  1. Impatience: Especially at the beginning of a project impatience can be a powerful force. It’s not enough to start something, I want it to be finished at the same time, or at least skip all the work that stands between the present and the future point at which I’ll be happy with the result. Unfortunately, there’s no guarantee that the work will end up as expected no matter how much time intervenes.

  2. Distraction: It’s amazing, but even in a single 15 minute period I can be distracted from a task I’m trying to complete. A phone call, an email, a cool website I come across while doing something else – all of these have the power to tear me away from what I’m trying (not very hard) to do. Am I just not trying hard enough? Is the task I’m working on not engaging enough? I’m hoping to find out what’s causing this phenomenon.

  3. Boredom: Any task can become boring, and it doesn’t even take that long. Once boredom sets in distractions become almost welcome.

  4. Judgement: With only 15 minutes a day to work on this blog it’s going to be easy for me to decide that what I’ve created isn’t good enough. Truthfully though, I don’t think more time to work on this would make me feel differently. It’s always easy to discount the quality of your work. I’m hoping to put judgement aside and just continue to show up every day, 15 minutes at a time.

I’m hoping that awareness is the first step to eradicating these blockers or at least decreasing their potency. Nonetheless I’m sure I’ll have plenty of opportunities to communicate how they continue to function as I move forward (in spite of obstacles) with this blog.

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