Back To The Basics

So, I didn’t post any blogs last week because I was having writer’s block – something that has never happened to me in all my years of journaling and writing.  I love to write yet for some reason, writing has not been easy the past few weeks. I haven’t even been inspired to write in my own personal journal and I wasn’t sure why.

I was speaking with a good friend and colleague about this and she asked me what’s different now than, say, back when I was writing my book (which was easy to do)?  After giving it some thought, I realized I was forcing myself to sit down and specifically write a blog post or write an article.  And, yet, it wasn’t time that I would specifically set aside to do that but was something extra on my to-do list. So, for example, I found that I was consistently saying to myself, “Oh no – I still have to write that article today or I have to do a blog post today” and then I’d force myself to sit at my computer and stare at a blank page on the screen.  Then I’d get frustrated that nothing was coming to me.

I realized that writing comes most easily to me when I set aside time to do it regularly, usually early in the morning when it’s quiet and before I’ve really plunged into my day.  I believe writing my book came so easily to me because I specifically set aside the earliest first 2-3 hours of my day for writing.

It was then that my friend reminded me to go back to doing what works; set aside time to simply “write creatively”, not about anything in particular but about whatever inspires me.  And so, ironically enough, this is the first thing that came to me when I sat to write this morning:  the reminder to get back to the basics and do what works.

Often in our roles as leaders or as we are working in our jobs, we get very caught up in everything going on around us and things can get a bit hectic.  I coach many leaders who are transitioning (or have recently transitioned) into new, higher-level roles with more responsibility.  They often get so caught up in the newness of the job or the increased level of the position that they become uncertain about what to do first.  That is a great time to remind them of what they’ve done in the past that has worked well; to remind them to get back to the basics of taking on a new role: making a 90-day transition plan, meeting with key stakeholders and creating your strategy based on what you uncover in those first 90 days.

This concept can really translate into anything: from taking on a new leadership role, to trying to find a new job or career path and even overcoming writer’s block.  Remember to get back to the basics and do what works best for you.

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