Yes, I successfully resisted the urge to jump in. But, is the deadline now just three weeks away?
I have this sometimes unfortunate quirk in my personality that treats thinking about what to do, and making plans for what to do, in my head, as a quantitative and material act. That’s why I’ve read dozens of great books containing dozens of great ideas on a whole range of subjects but I have never put them to work outside my head. (You see, by just reading the book and thinking about it – perhaps even writing out or drawing up a plan, I feel like I’ve “done” something.)
Don’t get me wrong, I’m a great advocate for thinking and making plans. I’ve found it very helpful in woodworking and life. But my point is that it’s a very dangerous thing to say to me, “Get to it when you can!” Give me a time-line. Give me a deadline. Expect me to get it done by . . . and I will do the best job I can and I will meet the deadline. I have to discipline myself to do so, even if the other person says, “Get to it when you can.” I’m not really a procrastinator. It’s just that I love to think and there’s always something else to think about! Or I can always think about the same thing some more! And therefore, I always have a sense of accomplishment and that I’m doing something!
I took a “strengths finder” personality test recently and it told me that one of my strengths is “Intellection” (A Thinker). Yet, written from a management viewpoint it pointed out that if you manage a person with a strength in “Intellection,” you better pair him/her up with somebody who has a stength as an “Activator” (impatient for action) – the “Activator” will “push him/her to act on his/her thoughts and ideas.”
Is that deadline just three weeks away? I’ve got the plan in my head. I’ve actually taken one material step and reclaimed some wood from a burn pile. Gosh, I better get after it! March 31st is my Activator!
-- Paul, Texas