How “what’s wrong” is causing you more work

I was at a fabulous expo over the weekend and heard some great speakers.

One of the topics that came up was “what’s wrong” thinking.

It made me think about when I first heard that term.

I was working for a small technology company (there were about 15 of us) and a BIG part of my job was receiving problems that needed to be fixed in the software and change requests from clients.

So, when I heard that “what’s wrong” thinking was something to avoid, I promptly dismissed it because I was 100% sure that my job depended on knowing what was wrong.

And you know what? I wasn’t wrong.

My job DID depend on “what’s wrong” thinking.

Only how I defined “what’s wrong” thinking and what was actually meant were two different things.

And the truth is, even though I didn’t recognize it as this at the time, when I shifted away from “what’s wrong” thinking, I got a lot more done AND I was a lot happier (bonus!).

That’s the topic this week.

Wednesday LIVE with Evie #65

The Motivation Myth

Earlier this week I had a thought that I summed up by writing this in my notebook “motivation vs making it easy.”

I wondered how much of what we do (or don’t do) – or what “successful” people do (or don’t do) isn’t so much a matter of motivation as it is about making the things that need to get done as easy as possible to do.

This lead to me thinking about motivation in general and how often we substitute “wanting to” or “being inspired” with motivation.

Many other rabbit holes of thoughts were explored.

Wednesday LIVE with Evie #64

How many projects/goals are too many?

I came across something today that made me think about how I structure what projects I work on.

Because sometimes there are soooo many things I want to do. Programs to take and to run, things to learn and try, ideas to explore, and people to see.

And I want to do everything NOW.

But is it a good idea to work on 10 projects at once?

Let’s talk about that.

Wednesday LIVE with Evie #63

When you can’t think your way through a decision

An interesting thing happened last week.

I was given the opportunity to join a challenge that from the outside looked like it would be fun and motivating.

But, it freaked me out and made me anxious.

I spent a bit of time avoiding it completely.

Until I realized I was avoiding other things in my business because I was avoiding thinking about that challenge.

So, I decided to reach out to the person leading it and exclude myself from the challenge.

And was then surprised by how much better I felt. It really did feel like a weight was lifted from my shoulders.

Let me be clear: this challenge is a great idea and for those that have chosen to participate, I’m sure they’re getting a lot out of it.

It wasn’t for me.

And in the past, I might have tried to push through it to prove something to myself.

I was reminded that one part of productivity is knowing what to say yes to, and what to say no to.

How do you make that decision?

And when are you saying no out of fear or “playing small” versus saying no because it’s really not for you?

Let’s talk about that.

Wednesday LIVE with Evie #62

Do you know what your next 4 weeks look like?

Some weeks I start this newsletter with a story that then develops into the topic for the Wednesday LIVE (and I didn’t know the topic until I wrote the story).

Other weeks, I have a topic in mind to cover and no story that nicely leads into it.

This is one of those weeks with no story introduction 🙂

Instead, it’s just an introduction to the topic.

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Four weeks from today April will be over and it will be May.

What do you want those four weeks to look like?

Are there things you want to accomplish?

Or maybe there’s a tone you want to set and maintain?

Let’s go over that in this week’s LIVE.

Wednesday LIVE with Evie #61