Some days I get so frustrated at the little things that I can’t see the forest through the trees any more. Actually, I’d probably deny that there is a forest because my focus has no big picture setting.
When I would get like this when dancing, Kurt always told me frustration was a choice. Unfortunately for him, frustrated Tammy is not the most receptive audience. It’s all about timing!
My latest batch of bashing my head against the wall was over this blog. I try really hard to provide variety in the types of posts that I publish. I know that most people (who am I kidding – no one) would notice if I slacked on my diligence, but I would know. The calendaring program I use for scheduling here only shows the titles of a limited number of posts and post ideas (not all of them are written out yet) onscreen at a time. The problem I keep having is my posts normally cross category types. Moving one post might affect the placement of four to five others. I simply couldn’t visualize where each post should go.
Since this is my year of eliminating annoyances, I switched into problem solving mode. My mom would be proud. The first solution to come to mind was only have one topic per post. After I stopped laughing at the absurdity of that one, I went back to the drawing board. Literally.
Ages ago I discovered a website that gave users the opportunity to create a virtual corkboard with post it notes. I love post it notes! I love creating idea boards. What a perfect site for me! Except it wasn’t. Since I couldn’t physically touch the notes and manipulate them, my brain rejected it. It didn’t fill the need. Fortunately, though, it did tell me what was needed: an old school solution.
Going back to actual post its worked like a charm. I could see where all the blog posts were, and since I could write all the topics covered by the post on the sticky, organizing became a piece of cake … at least in comparison. The weight of a ton of tiny frustrations was taken off my shoulders.
I think most problems can be solved with either post it notes or duct tape or both!
How did you break your last frustration cycle? or Am I the only one that finds old school solutions most effective?