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Yesterday, I read a post that prompted me to look closer at the word Dither. Loved it, because it prompted a couple of my own thoughts regarding Dithering. (Not that I ever dither, but I know people that do, like my friend and colleague Marti… Talk about a’dithering! And don’t even get me started on Joe… But, I digress.)

This is the second part, a follow-up to a post that started yesterday. You can find the first part here:

To Dither, or Not to Dither: Indecisiveness and ADHD, Part 1

I’ll never ever forget something that happened to me a few years ago:

I was out at completed job sites with our photographer. I had a list of 20 sites we needed photography for, and we got to project number eight, an office building.

We found the location but the address didn’t jibe with the company name. The name on the sign differed from my records and we needed to make sure we photographed the correct spot.

I called the office: all at lunch. Called cell phones: no answer. I grew frustrated. I left message after message, drove around the building, grew more anxious, which turned into anger.

30 minutes passed. Still no answer.

Then my photographer, Craig Davis, from Studio 563 in Houston looked at me and said “why don’t we just go to another job site and when we talk to someone and get the correct info we’ll come back?”

Blink.

Why Didnt I Think of That?
I’d spent nearly an hour dithering, becoming so laser focused on a single problem, that I couldn’t break away, refocus on the larger picture. It never dawned on me to GO ON TO SOMETHING ELSE. it never even entered my mind.

What’s the Takeaway?
Sometimes, we should let go and go do something else. (Yes, it really is that simple.)

Comments
  1. martiwrites says:

    I’m sure Joe is as glad as I am to inspire this blog. Wait. Perhaps I shouldn’t speak for him. Maybe, uh…

  2. Sarah says:

    Welllllllll… yes… and then again, no… not necessarily that simple – unless you have the other person on hand to redirect you *back* to that skipped step in your internal list… If I skip a step in mine, and don’t have a reminder, I may not get back to it again in anything resembling a timely manner … maybe ever!

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