3. Welcome Failure. Frequently, very little is learned from a venture that did not experience failure in some form. Failure presents the opportunity to learn and makes the success more worthy.
Well, I have already failed at one of my 101 tasks (74 days in). Though all of them are time-sensitive, I had one that was contingent on someone else’s time schedule.
I missed #31: “See the Chihuly exhibit at the Phipps Conservatory.”
Part of me should have known that this goal wasn’t going to get accomplished. Despite making this list with every intent of getting things done, I just never got around to making the plans to go to the Phipps Conservatory. I thought about doing it plenty, but when it came time to actually get my shit together and going to Pittsburgh, it just didn’t happen.
Simply, I am bummed. I wanted very much to see a Chihuly glass exhibit set in with plants.
I spend a lot of time thinking about how I am going to do something, as apposed to actually doing it. I question my actions a lot, but it’s not meaningful questioning. It’s not thoughtfulness; I certainly do impulsive things that are of no benefit, yet I am not impulsive about steps to task-accomplishing. I get caught up in thinking that they are a waste of time. Clearly, this is not always the case.
What’s the lesson to be learned from this? Next time I get the urge to accomplish pre-tasks to accomplish a bigger task, I’m just going to do it. Otherwise, I might be out of another gallery experience. Perhaps that’s one of the tenants of Getting Things Done.
Too bad I learned it the hard way.