Pick something, find a problem, solve it

Cliché-y, I know. I was bored, and it was snow...

Cliché-y, I know. I was bored, and it was snowy outside. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ever get to a point where you are just going through the motions? Waiting for the next big project to show up? Falling asleep in your chair?

Ever reach a moment and you’re saying, “I want to improve something,” just not sure what? Waiting for a challenge to appear?

In these moments, just pick something. Maybe your login page hasn’t been touched in a while. Maybe you have some landing pages you want to squeak out a little more from. Perhaps you like to increase the number of your Twitter followers. There’s this strange world in having a million possible things you could work on, yet feeling like you have nothing specific to do. Just pick one thing, and put everything else aside.

Then, after you’ve decided the subject or topic, find a problem. Talk to some users. Review your analytics data. Checkout some articles online related to the topic. Find a checklist. Sometimes you’ll find multiple things you could work on, but try to pick the one that will give you the most bang for the effort. Pick something you can actually complete. All else fails, again, just pick the easiest one, and put everything else aside.

Now you have a subject and problem, find a way to solve it. Maybe a friend of yours has dealt with this issue before. Perhaps there’s a new tool you’ve wanted to checkout. Test out a few different theories quickly, and measure the results. Once you find your solution, carry it out, and then celebrate your success!

This strategy reliably works. Solving a problem, even something small, will help you to feel more motivated and get more done. It will make you feel empowered and emboldened in a way no self-esteem or team-building exercise ever will. And when that big project finally does show up, you’ll be in the right state of mind.

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