The downside of the plan

Sometimes, I find myself getting stuck because I want to do things in a certain order. I want to do A, B, C and D and I want to do it in that order. So when I get stuck on C, I’ll stay stuck there. I’ll leave the project for a bit. And then I feel this weird guilt about leaving the project so long that it blocks me from coming back. Of course the longer I stay away, the harder it is to come back. And the cycle continues.

So I need to let go of that original plan. Doing A, B, and D is better than doing only A and B. Who cares if C is missing. I might have been the only person that expected it to be there in the first place. No one might actually notice. And maybe, just by going ahead with D I’m able to figure out how to do C later. And in the end, I’ll have all the pieces I originally intended.

Now that I write this out, I realize I should have known this already. When we write exams, they tell us that if we get stuck with a question, we should just move on. Don’t stay stuck there. Keep going until you find a question you can answer and then go back to do the ones you can’t.

Make a plan, but when it becomes an obstacle to the work, let it go.