To get things done, I often find myself getting lost in the minutia. You know, those annoying and time consuming little tasks that take forever to get done. It’s a good way to procrastinate and avoid doing the things that can move you forward. It also keeps you from connecting with people because you’re too busy filing, organizing, or filling in the blanks.
When I’m working on my blog, I’m constantly solving technical problems that need to be done to keep it running efficiently. I’ll spend an hour fixing broken links, redirecting them so old pages can be found and tweaking this and that. Then, I wonder why I’m not as productive and I should be. Instead of being out with people, experiencing what’s happening in the world, and writing about it, I get fixated on minutia that keeps me from achieving my goals.
It’s a form of self-sabotage but almost everyone who is entrepreneurial gets lost in minutia from time to time, even if they’re extremely successful. To overcome it, you have to recognize what you’re doing and call yourself out on it.
Sometimes dealing with minutia is unavoidable, but if you can, get someone else to do it for you. There are people out there who actually enjoy doing repetitious tasks. It’s easy to be a control freak but because you like doing everything by myself like I do, it doesn’t mean it’s in your best interest.
Life is meant to be engaged in
Sitting for hours plodding along at your desk, or spending the entire day rearranging your sock drawer will not do much to move your life forward.
Having too much to do adds to the minutia
I’m guilty of taking on too many projects at a time. I’ll come up with all sorts of great ideas, or follow the latest shiny object, and then become overwhelmed trying to accomplish them.
Has that ever happened to you?
It’s always better to K.I.S.S. (Keep it Simple Stupid)
What is your ultimate goal?
As a Baby Boomer blogger, I often ask myself, “What do I want to get out of all this?”
My passion is travel but unless I find a magic lamp that will shower me with money, I can’t spend my entire life on vacation. Darn! However, I’ve found that if I focus on writing about it and connect with others in the travel and PR field, the more opportunities I receive. (like my recent trip to Pala Casino – that came out of the blue)
I also need to build up a solid income. I made the choice, long ago, to work as an actress. Even though I’ve had success as a voice actor for many years, it’s a profession that has always been unpredictable. Now that I’m over 60, my focus needs to be on creating passive income so I can do what I love (blogging) and still survive for as many years that I have left. I’ve never been a big believer in retirement anyway. Too many people stop working, lose their sense of purpose, and then get sick and die. Reinvention is more my style. It keeps your brain functioning and that can affect the health of your entire body.
Don’t be afraid to say NO!
Avoiding getting lost in minutia is sometimes a simple matter of saying “NO” to what doesn’t sync up with your mission. In my case, I’m constantly approached by people who assume I’m blogging merely for the fun of it. Don’t get me wrong, I love doing it, but it’s also a business for me.
Recently, a guy who sent me a product to review got bent out of shape when I told him I didn’t feel it was a good fit for my blog. I explained that just because he sent me $30 worth of product didn’t guarantee it would be published. Most other brands pay well for advertising and, as a blogger, I control my own content. I was proud of myself for standing my ground because I have a habit of being way too nice.
Each day, in every way, we all get stronger and wiser.
Do you find yourself lost in minutia sometimes? How do you overcome it? Please leave a comment below.