Several years ago, I read a book titled, “Don’t Make Me Think” by Steve Krug. It’s about website usability, and specifically about developing websites that are so intuitive for people to use, that they don’t have to give it much thought at all. After reading this book, I realized that this concept of not making people think is equally applicable in other areas beyond technology.
For instance, if you’re in charge of a building or venue that the public uses, like a church or an event center, you can apply this concept of not making people think, by ensuring the facility has signage that clearly directs patrons to the restrooms (Have you ever seen a sign that says “Restrooms”, but doesn’t direct you to where the restroom actually is? I have!)
I love when I realize that a concept has application beyond the context in which I discovered it. It reminds me to not only be on the lookout for new ideas, but also to be on the lookout for how I can apply existing ideas in new arenas.
Be on the lookout for how you can apply new and existing ideas beyond their original context. It will give you more options in your problem solving toolbelt, as well as helping you improve your own personal performance.
One thing I’ve noticed playing the bass guitar for the last 5 years is that improvement takes effort. I don’t get better because I’ve been playing for a certain amount of time. I get better when I focus my efforts, and actually put in the time practicing. There is no short cut or hack to bypass this step, unless my destination is mediocrity.
That last sentence sounded a little harsh, but it’s true, and not just with bass guitar, but with anything we want to improve at. Whether it’s communicating better with others, or improving our performance in a specific area, focused effort and time is the path to success.
Is there an area of your life where you’d like to see improvement? If so, focused effort and time (along with the proper knowledge) is likely the path to seeing the improvement you desire.
Have you ever learned of a situation and reacted to it without exploring it further, only to find out that you would have been better served had you taken a moment to get your facts straight first? Yeah, me too! In fact, that happened to me just last weekend.
It’s so easy to get a partial story and immediately complete the rest of the story in our heads. And it happens surprisingly fast too! However, it usually doesn’t take that long to validate whether the story we’re telling ourselves is actually true.
What I learned from last weekend was that I need to slow down and realize when I’m filling in my own details to a partial story I’ve been given. Once I realize that I’m making assumptions, I need to do the work to determine whether they are true or not.
It’s a waste of time to react to a something that may not even be accurate. Let’s commit to not wasting any more time reacting to our own assumptions, but instead make sure our facts are straight before we chart a course of action. We’ll be better positioned to respond appropriately when we have a clear understanding of the scenario we’re dealing with.
I had a COVID booster this week that has left me feeling rather crummy. I’m
coughing and just feeling generally worn out. Although I’m starting to feel
better, I must admit that I had thoughts of skipping my blog post this week.
I must say that I presented myself with some very compelling arguments in
favor of skipping this week.
· I’d really just like to be done right now.
· It won’t matter if I skip one week.
· No one is going to mind, or probably even
I just about sold myself on the decision to skip think week, when I had the
following 2 thoughts:
· You are a person who takes time to think of a
topic every week and commit it to writing.
· Extraordinary people do those things the other
people would rather not do. Like writing
a blog post when they don’t feel well.
All my arguments against writing would have been valid, but I’m more
concerned in becoming the person I want to be rather than gaining a few extra
moments of comfort.
So here’s this week’s post.
you enjoyed it. J