Being in the kitchen was never one of my strengths, but slowly over the years, I have faced my cooking demons and become more comfortable in the kitchen. However, I still have to overcome my roadblock of avoiding recipes that call for fresh chilies or yeast. Until recently, I couldn’t get past the roadblocks of using these ingredients. I had a fear of not knowing how to choose a fresh chili and then of how to de-seed it correctly (and remembering not to touch my eyes afterwards!). And with yeast, I had a fear of killing the yeast as I added water that was not the correct temperature and ruining what could have been delicious baked goods.
“I just can’t/don’t…” are often words spoken by my organizing and productivity clients.
- “I just can’t get rid of…”
- “I just can’t find the time to…”
- “I just don’t know how to…”
- “I just don’t know where to start…”
Roadblocks halt us in our tracks and stop of from being able to tackle tasks, move on, improve, and get ahead. Oftentimes, however, we are unable to identify the roadblock that is preventing us from being able to take the next steps. And when I am working with clients, I often find myself making recommendations like:
- call your tax accountant and ask them which paperwork you need to keep and then you can shred and reduce the amount of paperwork you are keeping
- contact your financial institution to find out the steps you need to take to rollover your 401K
- check in with your doctor to see which exercises are appropriate for your level of fitness so that you can move forward and improve your work/life balance
- ask your child which toys she is willing to part with so that you can downsize/declutter the toy room
If you are experiencing that “stuck in the mud” feeling of inertia:
- write down what you wish to accomplish – putting things in writing takes the swirling thoughts out of your head and makes them more concrete
- identify what is preventing you from reaching your goal, and then
- speak to a friend or colleague who has done what you want to do and find out how they achieved their goals – their input might be the exact inspiration and impetus you need to overcome your roadblock
In the case of my cooking case, I discovered chili pepper paste in the refrigerated aisle. It was a quick-fix solution to being able to add chilis to my food. In the case of the yeast, I have moved from using boxed cake mixes to using the tried and tested recipes on the product packaging. My most recent chocolate cake was not too shabby. Though I have yet to tackle a loaf of bread… baby steps.