We’ve got a big project going on at work. We’ve got a couple of them actually. All these projects have tight timelines, too few resources, no room for mistakes, and all the other fun that goes along with work of this nature. All things that most of us are far too used to. There’s decisions that need to be made in order for each project to move forward, too often these decisions don’t come soon enough.
While I’m on calls where I need to concentrate I like to either doodle while I take notes, or I play Tetris. For those of you who are either too young to remember Tetris, or have been living under a rock for the better part of the last 30 years, Tetris is a game where you’re given different shaped objects and you need to stack them to fill in lines. As you fill in lines, they disappear and you’re given new pieces at a faster and faster rate. You need to make decisions.
You can see the correlation. Whether playing the game, or dealing with things in life, the more decisions you make, the quicker new decisions come. In most cases you can deal with a bad decision that you’ve made, leaving gaps in Tetris parlance, you just need adjust the next few choices you make. If you’re lucky, that bad decision is wiped out and you recover to fill in the gaps. In the game, as you start getting toward the top, which at some point is inevitable for everyone, the music speeds up, colors change, and you can feel yourself physically tensing up. I’ve noticed myself doing that same thing quite a bit while sitting at the computer at work. I’ve got a bunch of decisions that need to be made, and they’re coming faster and faster. I’m hoping just like in the game, I can take a breath, spin the pieces for a second to figure out the next few moves, and get things back down to reasonable levels.
In a post a few months ago, I talked about wanting a simple life where I would like to eliminate some decisions, like what to wear, or what’s for dinner on any given night. I’ve also talked about how getting to a certain spot in life is through deliberate choices. Decisions are important, but sometimes it’s not so much what the decision is, but that one is made. Don’t get yourself bogged down on making the right choice, in a lot, if not most instances, you’re better served making a decision and moving on.