Ask For Help
We live in a world of constant information and stimulation, it’s amazing we get anything done at all. I found myself (even now as I write this) checking Facebook or veering off to refresh my inbox just to make writing this a little more exciting than starting at black letters on a white page.
So this week I downloaded a tool called Pomodoro. It’s based on a method of working in 25 minute sprints with short breaks in between and a longer break every 3 cycles. It’s been proven to increase productivity and attention. I actually love it and in the last couple of days have gotten more work done and felt better about the quality of my work than most other weeks.
The hardest part was not switching to a new method though or even trying something unfamiliar. The hardest part was just admitting that I can’t focus on my own and, therefore, need help. I find that people give themselves too much credit that they’ll focus when they have to, eat healthily and regularly, exercise just as hard or even find the right partner, all on their own. Myself included in that.
But it’s ok to ask for help because outside help will get you there faster and better. Outside help teaches you to trust, teaches you about yourself and your weaknesses and therefore how to get better. And outside help comes in a lot of forms. Download an app, talk to a friend, join a club, sign up for an online dating website or even make a list and keep it up.
Use the stimulation that’s around you for good. Help yourself to the buffet of information and sort through it to find the things and people that will help you. Realize that we’re all imperfect and working to be better, and then reach out to get the help you need.