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 often spend too much time solving little technical issues to keep my website optimized. A more productive use of my time would be driving more traffic to my posts. When I get fixated on minutia it keeps me from achieving my goals.
Stressing the details is a form of self-sabotage but almost every entreprenuer does it unconsiously once in a while., You have to recognize that the minutia is a form of distraction and call yourself out on it.
Sometimes small tasks are unavoidable, but if you can, get someone else to do it for you. There are people out there who enjoy delving into monotonous minutia. It’s easy to be a control freak and try doing everything yourself, without help, but it’s not always in your best interest.
Life is meant to be engaged in
Sitting in front of your computer all day until your eyes bleed, or rearranging your sock drawer for hours won’t enhance your life or help you reach your goals. There is life to be lived and enjoyed.
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?
Ask yourself, “What do I want to get out of all this?”
Are you taking steps to work your way toward it? Or are you avoiding it?
Don’t be afraid to say NO!
People will ask you to do things thinking they are helping you it just adds to your workload. Avoiding that kind of minutia is sometimes a simple matter of saying “NO” to what doesn’t sync up with your mission. If you don’t set boundaries, you will be bombarded with useless tasks.
Do you find yourself lost in minutia sometimes? How do you overcome it? Please leave a comment below.