I think many people let themselves be constantly stressed out or wishing things were different. If you compare even the worst off people’s lives today to the lives of the best off humans of 50,000 years ago, things are enormously better. Most people now have no problem getting food, shelter, water, and the majority have security from physical harms.
I have been working on a seemingly endless list of bugs for my new recruiting application. It seems that every time I finish one, another two pop up.
Often these bugs or features are pretty enormous chunks of work and I sometimes shy away form doing them.
What I have come to realize about hard tasks I don’t want to start is that I usually have either poorly defined the work to be done or need to break it down into a series of smaller tasks.
For example, I have a series of bug testing emails in my To Do list where a team member has provided me a list of all the problems they could find. These are often hard for me to start because I don’t know what I am getting myself into. If I switch that task from “Fix all bugs in this email” to “Break this email down into new to dos”, that is more achievable and clear. Then each of the tasks that I have arising from that are easier to deal with.
Likewise, right now I have a To Do titled “Solve issue with incomplete test statuses”. The problem with this To Do is that it is a big project that I don’t really understand that well and won’t until I start it. What would be better is to alter this task to “Review and diagnose the issue with incomplete test statuses and write a plan for fixing it”. Now that is something I know I can do a half hour or an hour and is reasonable.
I am very fortunate to be able to work with my brother Jordan. Jordan and I have been buddies since we were very little as we are only separated by eighteen months and he was a grade behind me all through school. I was his best man at his wedding, and he was my best man. Seven years ago, he came and worked with me at Coalition. He has been an enormous contributor over that time to our success. We have been through lots of adventures, ranging from Saturday morning management meetings and retreats to big client successes to seeing our team grow over time to now having over a hundred full time team members. We are working this week from my new place and going into our Culver City office to work with team members. Jordan and I have had a lot of success together and our personalities have always been well-matched – I am aggressive and demanding while Jordan is much more of a friendly peacemaker.
New 5k outdoor record at 23:58, about a 7:37 pace! Slight downhill on my route gave me an advantage. After 5k was finished, I slowed way down for the last 1.5 mi Treadmill record is a 7:18 pace, but that is a different game. Goal is a 6:00 pace for a mile.
I have been trying to have one blender drink every day for the last week or so, even on the weekends which I have not done in the past. I have made my drinks taste a bit better by adding a banana or two now. I may also add a bit of almond milk with the water here or there. I feel like it keeps my brain very sharp.