Finding my individual style of work took on a new urgency this week.
In the job just past, all I needed to do was to turn up. The paycheck arrived without much creativity or thinking on my behalf, although it wasn’t as though there was no pressure or need for action. The choices at that place were relatively few for most circumstances, which made life simpler than if I had to create choices and then decide upon them.
Another way to look at it is that in, say, a simple strategy computer game, one makes decisions, but there can only be a limited number, and thay have been thought out prior by the developers. The feel is one of choosing one’s destiny but the reality is that it is only a slice of all possible outcomes. Plus it’s a computer game.
Being in the business of making one’s own income means we do all of that. We create the game, we define the rules and, given enough time and experience, we can limit the choices down to the best ones if only to save the angst of choosing. Decision-making can be very stressful, a problem we can mitigate by reducing the number of decisions to be made each day, or reducing the number of choices on each occasion or both.
Now to find my own work style. I can be creative in spurts, but my preferred way of operating is more mundane: If this, then this, with the alternative of this. I’m relatively lazy and enjoy checklists and following rules, so this simple way suits me day-to-day. Neat and tidy makes me happy.
This won’t suit everyone, and so we each need to find what works strategically and tactically. My strategy involves short bursts of insight and creativity with the view to financial independence, whereas my tactics are to make implementing that strategy as simple as possible, with as few stressors as possible.
It can be done, but feels frustrating when you’re between both ends of that barbell. Onward ho, though, for there is no other choice.