So, there I was thinking I'd better update my website. No sooner had I thought that was a good idea, than there were various other 'good ideas' that started chattering away at the same time.
"Oh, and you could do with a new logo as well...and new stationery...and while we're at it Facebook and Twitter and Linked in and what about a business card and..."
It's enough to drive a chap to coffee, it really is...see you in a moment.
There, having sated that particular urge, it's back to preparing this website and writing the first blog post. How's it going so far?
Have you noticed this work pattern in yourself? Start (well, think about starting anyway), elaborate ideas, feel slightly overwhelmed, then avoid the issue, then come back after a time and finally get on with it?
I'm not sure if it's procrastination or just allowing things to emerge in their own ready time, but I am sure that getting going on all this web-based stuff and social media has felt like quite a steep learning curve. By that I mean the execution, as well as the idea, has been quite challenging. I know very little of web design and have been crashing over the edges of my competence quite frequently as this has gone along. Imagine the scene based on this internal (and occasionally very loud and external) monologue...
"...I wonder how I could shrink that block there and put it...here......oh! No...no...no...no...not like THAT - ARGH - OK...undo...undo...undo... WHAT DO YOU MEAN 'can't be undone?'" etc etc
In my work, I often speak about experiential learning and the delightful phase where we become aware of how little we know or are capable of, in whatever it is we're trying to do. Uncomfortable, that. I often ask people what their reactions are to that sensation - well, I know mine a little better now - stave off the prospect for a spell, engage, blame software, blame self, disengage then flap about a bit (it was a busy 40 minutes!)
And there are several things that have helped me get past that delightful phase and into a little more pleasant phase of being able to do it - albeit only slowly, a bit, and with a lot of effort. First, I asked for help (the people at the web authoring company are REALLY helpful - thank you, Emily...and Will...and Magdalena...and Christian). Then I paused the 'shaking my fist at the computer in frustration' and afforded myself the luxury of 'permission to be learning'. Then I just kind of got on with it, really.
All useful things to be reminded of, once in a while. And the word is definitely 'reminded', and that's the thing with experiential learning - it's not about a brand new idea all the time. It's often about refreshing one I've known about for a while. Perhaps dusting it off and putting it back into play. And then letting it go, asking for help and reengaging with the job in hand.
Perhaps experiential re-learning could be my new piece of entirely-unncessary-jargon.
But speaking of reengaging, there's not much coffee in that cup at present...