The past few weeks had been…well…disappointing. I realize that we all hit bumps and go into slumps. My excuse had always been “it happens to the best of us.” However, there will come a point when that excuse gets really really old. Mediocrity hits when there’s a sudden loss of momentum to deliver more “Wow.” Frankly, I am not happy being mediocre. I hate it with a passion.
In my opinion, to the average person, which I really am, this can happen due to a variety of reasons. This can be a mix of purely professional or even personal reasons. Those who feed on– no, addicted to — positive emotions are bound to crash from a high in a rather disgustingly distastefully disastrous manner.
So, you’re there. You’re at the bottom of a dark pit looking up. What do you plan to do? Of course, I am going to climb out of it. I tried looking for meditative techniques to quiet my mind. I know that I still have a lot of good ideas that I can scare out of my mental bushes if needed. I still think there are still a few items I need to get me going.
I realize that I have to write some things down to remind me to quit being normal again. Thanks to a little talk we had in the office today, I write this manifesto from the bottom of the barrel.
- Inspiration does not pay the bills. The longer one waits for it, less paid work gets done.
- Distractions do not pay the bills. Simplify; do not overload oneself with useless thoughts.
- A to-do list is basic in being productive. Writing it down is easier than trying to memorize it. It beats looking stupid when something essential is forgotten.
- Procrastination IS THE DEVIL.
- When things get boring, find something productive to do.
- I will be critical of the things I do. I will always ask myself “So what?” or “Then what?” before I pat myself on the back.
- At the end of the year, results, not plans, matter. It’s what’s on the bottom-line of the spreadsheet that counts, not the fancy picture on the slideshow.
- Easy is usually cheap and does not add value. Stay the hell away from it unless schedules permit it.