Being an ENFP is a pretty fun thing, most of the time — the crux of being one, however, is follow-through. It’s very easy to get distracted by the new, exciting project and easy to hate bureaucracy and scut work…and given the Pareto Principle, that “scut” work is really quite important.
A big part of my life lately has been trying to figure out how to handle the routine. I’m a rockstar when it comes to interesting problems or nifty projects, but I have historically abhorred routine shit. I’ve been getting better, but I am not where I want to be yet.
Part of the solution is re-framing my view of those tasks — viewing them as steps that enable more interesting work and placing them within the context of the end goal, rather than just “oh I have to do this stupid ______ crap again.”
The other part of the solution is having measurables. It doesn’t need to be super-specific, mind you — I’m not tracking calories or minutes or anything like that. The battle plan has involved using more generic terms “Crush It At Work”, for example. At the end of the day, I look back and ask myself if I could have done more with the time I had — if the answer is “no”, then I fucking crushed it. I look at my measurables using chains.cc, and at the end of the day, the more things I have marked off, the better I feel about things. I have effectively game-ified my way into follow-through. I’m pleased about that, and I’m thinking that I’ll probably start posting a screenshot of my “chains” at the end of every month, starting at the end of April. The metrics will be interesting.
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