Something that framework overlooks is analyzing why the present feels the way it does. Why do I feel overwhelmed today? What is weighing on me? What can I do about it?
For me it came down to a large, long-term database project I had taken on. I was having a lot of trouble finding time to work on it; even though it was a huge investment in the program’s future, it kept getting trumped by the mini-crisis of the day.
Time was very seriously running out. Whenever I flee the office to work off-site I feel like it’s a bit of a cop-out, but I put any of those reservations aside. The database was too important to worry about that. I badgered around the office until I found a PC laptop to borrow. I looked at my calendar, saw some blocks of time with nothing scheduled, and then I scheduled them as busy. I told my supervisor I would be working on the database off-site at those times.
Then I did it. And we now have a database.
Why did it take me so long to do what I knew would work? Is working at the local Bean Factory actually a cop-out? What could I have done if I’d had no choice but to work on-site?