Funny, isn’t it, how oftentimes the answer to our problems is ridiculously simple. As you know, I work full-time from home as a writer and web publisher. My husband has a full-time job, but as for my own personal income – what I make online is it. I may never be rolling in it, but I’m wild about the whole coffee in my pjs until the mood to get dressed hits me thing and my cats consider the arrangement the deal of a lifetime.
Nine lifetimes, even.
I recently had an issue with one of my websites. I won’t bore you with the details because my website and I aren’t what’s important here. You are. And if you can glean anything from our hassle, then the hassle would have been worthwhile.
I was starting to get a little stressed out over this particular website and felt like our relationship was about as strained as a jar of baby food. When I have something on my mind and want it resolved quickly, I always do one of three things:
- I take the problem to the shower with me.
- I take the problem for a walk.
- I Swiffer the house as the problem rides shotgun.
It was cold outside and I didn’t want to get wet (a given in the shower), so I shot my computer an “I’m out!” look and headed for the Swiffer Wipes. Without fail, when I concentrate on something menial, like walking or cleaning (me or floors), my mind figures things out for itself.
“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” – Stephen Covey
The weird thing about my mind is that when it comes up with the solution, it doesn’t speak to me in long, poetic prose. It seldom even adds pictures to its message. Truth be told, the answer I need is very often simply a short sentence or even just one word.
As I pushed and pulled the Swiffer across the kitchen floor, wondering how I ever lived before these things were invented, it came to me, “If you want something to be as good as it possibly can be – you have to make it a priority, not an option.”
I literally said the word, “Ouch” out loud.
Basically, I was expecting everything to be sparkly and golden without putting in any elbow grease. What can I say, sometimes I’m a very clever girl.
After finishing the floors, I sat back down at my computer and vowed to make the website a priority. I’ve done so for a while now and our relationship has improved by leaps and bounds and, wouldn’t you know it, the website is now performing exactly how I wanted it to.
“Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.” ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
This same common sense approach can solve just about any type of problem you can think of.
Taking any of these from bad to good or even from good to great may be as simple as making it a priority as opposed to an option.
“If you want something to be as good as it possibly can be – you have to make it a priority, not an option.” – This Side of the Swiffer