I’m pretty good at getting stuff done. Most of the time? Sometimes? I’m also very good at not doing things.
Two days ago I was feeling quite pleased with the things that were done on my project list. So pleased that I had to make a new project list. On a separate daily list I wrote down “make new project list.” Which I did get to check off, even though it meant I didn’t actually get any work done on the project list.
In doing this, I saw two years of photos of my giant whiteboard project lists. I saw how many things I didn’t do, either at all or on the original timeframe. Normally this makes me desperately despondent. I’d be crushed under the impossible weight of undone tasks. Or I might decide that “None of it really matters. It’s hopeless so why even try?” Then pretend to be content spending the day in bed.
But not this time! I am defiant in the face of the zillion things still not done! Gosh dang it, some things did get done. There has been progress.
Will and I are starting our own education business! Our launch party is this January 19th. There will be more announcements and information coming soon. They’re on the list.
In the meanwhile I thought I’d share the two year story of how we got here with some of the lists of things not done (and some stuff that did).
January 2016, Will and I had both been at our jobs for over 5 years and we were not happy. Things had not panned out the way we had planned. We needed to turn the ship around and change course. I only had the vaguest notion that once upon a time, I had my own program coaching youth and it was awesome. I wanted to do it again. Only better.
Will got me a giant whiteboard for my birthday. Nothing says “I love you” like quality office supplies.
At that time I didn’t know what I didn’t know about business. I was simply trying to find out what there was to learn and do.
Nine things on this whiteboard never happened.
Eight of these things did get done, just one whole year after they were scheduled. Continue reading