Have you ever sat down to work on a project – maybe writing a blog post, or building out the structure for your upcoming workshop, or putting something up on LinkedIn – and found yourself spending most of the time trying to figure out what, exactly, to do?
Does that feel like a waste to you?
I personally hate that feeling. It used to make me look back on my day and think I didn’t get much of anything actually done.
As I’ve been thinking about this for myself and talking about it with clients, something clicked for me. It’s a simple reframe that has helped me experience a greater sense of progress and get rid of that feeling.
It’s simply this: decisions ARE work.
It’s easy to think about decisions as the necessary precursor to “doing the work.” We rarely set aside separate time for decisions when it comes to our smaller projects, so it feels like the time we spend on decisions is actually stealing away time from doing something productive.
What’s funny about this is that we DO set aside time for decisions when it comes to big picture stuff. We take time to plan out our year, or our quarter, or our major offers. We just don’t want to dedicate real time to planning out the things we think we should be able to ‘just do.’
So we sit there, staring at a blank screen and a blinking curser, and feel like we’re wasting time.
Something that’s really helped me recently has been setting aside separate time for decisions. I don’t decide each week what I’m going to write on my blog for the week; I set aside time once a month to plan out my content for the whole month. When I sit down to write, the decision has already been made.
Every two months, when I plan out my major projects, I take time to make decisions about how I want to tackle them. A project like “rebuild my website” has way too many unmade decisions within it. WordPress or Squarespace? How many pages? How much of the old site will we keep? Are we changing our brand colors? I don’t have to make every decision, but I try to make as many as I can. Then when I sit down to spend an hour on my site copy, I can actually spend an hour writing.
Decisions require creative energy, and it turns out that they deserve it. We can feel a lot better about using that energy when we expect it and make space for it.
I’d love to hear from you…do you set aside time for making decisions? Or do you find it frustrating that decisions are their own type of work?