“Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.”
– Henry David Thoreau
I am not detail-oriented. I generally work and live with more big picture thinking. Still, the more I own, commit to, engage in and create, the more details there are to deal with. So I edit often.
If you have great attention to detail, or consider yourself detail focused or driven, it can be challenging to see the forest through the trees. If you think through every detail, you can talk yourself out of almost anything, including starting or finishing.
Take a look at your attachment to detail. Is it because you care about your work or is it about perfection? Is it your nature or a bureaucracy? Is it propelling you forward or pulling you back?
Moving away from detail frittering can be as complicated as changing who you are and how you approach things, or as simple as including fewer details in your work and life.
With less going on, you can negotiate the details and decide what’s most important.
With fewer details, you have more clarity about the whole of the project, relationship, or commitment. You have more space to ask why.
- Why do I want this?
- Why should I do this?
- Why do I need to create this?
- Why is this important?
Once you are connected to the why, the how won’t be an obstacle.