Good Morning – Happy Monday.
Today, i'm introducing the first post of the new format i'm trying out.
For longer pieces, i'll be sharing a "Hint" box here at the top
to give you a heads up of the different topics or areas
the following post encompasses – because all things I do creatively
normally combine 2-3 different things at a time.
Without further ado:
It's on my spirit to dial in with you on a specific but general concept
that has low-key been a major determining factor in my life
for the past couple years now –
It's all about making things "better" in life, but
this idea can be described as: "Optimization".
Definition: the action of making the best or most effective use of a situation or resource.
Example: "companies interested in the optimization of the business"
Without going into details of my own experiences,
i'll say – I believe it's pretty obvious that
this^ is something we all deal and have dealt with.
We all want to:
make it better.
make it easier.
make it smoother.
get it done faster.
But as I think deeper into the idea of "Optimization"
and look at examples of it –
I realize that this is more of a recurring set of functions or actions
that help you gain the desired result: being "Optimized".
Which is fine, but something to keep in mind is that
each action, thought, feeling, etc – requires more energy from us.
The more you optimize, without learning how to delegate the actions
to be automated - the more energy you expend.
In the midst of this thought exercise,
i've found myself motivated more by
the idea of "Agility":
Definition: ability to move quickly and easily, ability to think and understand quickly.
As a Project Manager in the tech space,
I face the root of this term every day
and i'm beginning to apply it to everything I do –
as it is the framework/methodology that makes the most sense today:
Read Further: Agile - Atlassian
To make it plain.. Being agile requires you to:
- Understand your starting position (where you are, what you have to do)
- Understand your responsibilities (why they are needed, how you'll get it done)
- Be prepared and account for any disturbances/mishaps in initial planning
- Be willing to change/shift quickly - only if/when necessary
Applying this to our everyday lives,
I believe we'd be better off adopting an Agile mentality
so our energy is expended only when chosen & needed.
yeah, life is hard.
we go through it.
but in reality,
life can only "seemingly" get harder.
perspective is a true "Get Out of Jail Free" card.
Keep growing, keep grinding – but along the way:
Make it easier. Then, figure out how to Take it easier.
Whatever that means for you.