Do you have a busy life? Of course you do!
Most of us like to have an (full) agenda filled with many different activities. Whether that’s work, leisure time, social events or planned weekends or holidays. Some of us like to plan ahead and some don’t really bother with that. That’s perfectly ok, but there are certain things that we plan or do in our lives which can ‘distract’ us from looking at the ‘big picture’. What I mean by that is simply the fact that as soon as we have a plan, idea or feeling of doing something than it is easy to forget to look at the ‘overall view’ of things.
In order to explain my point, there is short story provided below.
John is a student who is doing a busy course at college, he’s dedicating most of his time and effort in order to the degree he wants to achieve. Therefore, he works very hard, getting up early, going to college, getting back home again, eat, study and sleep. This carries on quite well for the first month; but after 6 weeks he is starting to get really tired mentally. Despite that, he carries on working very hard as he desperately wants to obtain the degree. He views the degree as an important step for his future career. However, after 6 months he’s still working very hard with long hours (which shorten his leisure time and social events) and very soon he feels that he cannot do this anymore as he is warned out and he is underperforming as a consequence. Therefore, he is advised to quite the course and does something else which does not create a serious burden for him. He is extremely disappointed, and has a lack of motivation and drive to do something else.
But, here’s the all-important tip for John and others: Don’t overlook the big picture!
It happens to often that as soon as we have many planned activities (full agenda) or if we are dedicating or time towards something, than we tend to easily forget to look at the broad picture.
As with John, he is closely focused on obtaining his degree and therefore makes sacrifices that ultimately warns him out. The consequence as previously mentioned is that he has low motivation and low confidence in doing something else. However, he is forgetting the one crucial thing and that is that it is important to look beyond the course. (There’s more in life than only that)
If you have planned something or are planning to dedicate your time and effort towards something, than don’t forget to look at what the main objective is and what the alternatives are if you are not able to achieve it.
It is all too easy to dive into the ‘micro detail’ and to overlook the main thing. The more effort, time and energy you put into something, the more disappointed you will be if it does not work. So to prevent that, here are a few tips:
– Always look at the big picture before you dive into the details
– Always have alternatives in mind
– Monitor your progress regularly to see if you are right on track
– Don’t forget that leisure time and social events are just as important as career-related goals