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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