My husband and I have hit a post-move plateau of complacency.
You know the one: Systems are in place just enough to make things functional, but aren’t quite as smooth as they could be; the few remaining boxes become part of the household landscape, serving as door stops and side tables instead of being unpacked; and temporary swing spaces initially set up to store items that didn’t have an obvious home are becoming not so temporary after all.
We need a focused intervention to burst through the plateau and reach the next level.
What’s the plan? We’ll set a date for our housewarming party, giving ourselves a hard deadline by which we’ll unpack the straggling boxes, hang the new towel bars, and put up the remaining curtains.
It’s a structured, specific approach that will give us just the nudge we need to get the job done.
Last year I felt that my painting had reached a plateau of complacency.
I liked what I was doing, but I also found myself envious of the artistic growth I witnessed in others. I felt an urge to stretch and expand my own technical skills, yet lacked motivation and direction to do so.
I needed a focused intervention to burst through my artistic plateau and reach the next level.
Enter an online art class that is pushing me far beyond my artistic comfort zone with hands-on lessons three days a week, links to the masters and how they used the skills I’m learning, and a supportive community that keeps me accountable and leaves me wanting to hand in my homework.
It’s a structured, specific approach that’s giving me just the nudge I need to get the job done.
The moral of this story?
Sometimes letting things unfold organically is the way to go; sometimes we need a bit of extra structure to move things to the next level.
There’s room — and a time — for both.
What’s your current plateau of complacency?
What kind of structured nudge could you give yourself to move through it and get the job done?