I was starting to get stressed. Just days away from going on vacation, I still had a big task I needed to complete at work before I left, and it didn’t feel like I was going to get done in time.
Four days before vacation, a colleague who is working on the same project stopped by to see how it was going. I told him that I didn’t think I’d’ be able to finish my piece of the project before I left. As I told him about what I had left to do, I could see he was thinking.
After I was done describing what I believed needed to be done, he started asking about what absolutely had to be done at this stage of the project. As we talked through it, I realized my focus was placed too far out for this stage of the project. We didn’t need a 100% finished product; we just needed some basic functionality that could be delivered to the end users as a first iteration.
With this new perspective, I realized that I’d easily be able to deliver my portion of the project before I left for vacation. In fact, I was able to deliver with 2 days to spare!
I’m so thankful my colleague came by and gave me a different perspective. Our conversation and his suggestions shifted my focus toward what needed to be done at a specific stage in the project, rather than what needed to be delivered as a finished product.
Are you stuck in a false mindset or stressing about how to get something done? I suggest talking to a friend, colleague or someone else who can give you a new perspective on your situation. You might just realize that you’re stressing out for no reason.