Getting Funky

After taking a couple of weeks vacation and then helping to put on TriConf (our fabulous local design/development/entrepreneurship conference), I should be feeling on top of the world. But I can’t say that. Instead, I’ve been in a bit of a funk that I can’t quite explain. 

Am (or was) I overwhelmed? Not really. Yeah, my vacation time was busy with household projects and some traveling. Nothing major. The conference went better than I expected, and even though it was exhausting at times, it was very fulfilling. My day job hasn’t been any more difficult lately. So why am I feeling so weird and out of sorts?

I definitely haven’t figured it all out yet, but I think I’ve reached my inspirational limit for the time being. I’ve spent so much time over the past few months being inspired by those around me, and trying to turn that inspiration into new ideas, that my brain is full. I picture that old Far Side cartoon where the kid asks his teacher if he can be excused because his brain is full.

At some point, you need to put your thoughts and ideas into actions. You’ll never get to the point of having a “perfect” idea or plan, so if you keep trying to get there all you end up doing is running around in circles, getting nothing done. You have to act, even if your plan is imperfect or incomplete. There will always be time to tweak your plan while you’re implementing it. 

So I’m going to be turning down my input valve and opening up my output valve, and trying to deliver something. It won’t be perfect, and it may not even be good, but at the very least, it should clear out my brain a bit to take on some new inputs and hopefully get me out of my funk. 

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John Higley

John Higley

I'm a software developer, working remotely from Richland, WA, working on solving the many issues of managing financial services products on the web. I'm fascinated by the user experience of web sites and applications and read way more than I should. Working on effectively sharing knowledge and ideas has become a recent, but burning, passion.

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  • This is a good reminder for many of us John. I think Adam said something along the lines of, “Ideas are worthless. Action is everything.” I was also inspired by something that inspired Erin Anacker. She shared it in her newsletter yesterday. Something a mentor (no really…she has a degree in mentorship)/friend told her when she was struggling getting started on some projects, “Don’t worry about it—really. The process will inform the structure.”

    And I also think it’s good to recognize the need to turn some things down in order to turn other things up. Trying to turn everything up at the same time just results in burning out. What’s the purpose of this life anyway? For me, it’s to have joy. True happiness. If you’re truly happy, then you’re a true success in my book.

    You’re a good man John. You do great things. I’m a better person because of you and I’m sure there’s a lot of people in this world who would say the same thing.

  • Steve Meddaugh

    I would agree with Keith – you’ve definitely influenced me in a very positive way!

  • Steve Meddaugh

    Maybe this is a good time for you to start working on that book!

  • Thank you so much Keith.

  • My initial reaction was “Are you crazy? I’m trying to do less, not more!” But I think I might finally have a topic for a book, so maybe it could happen. Maybe. Thanks for the encouragement.