My friend and mentor, Katie Hendricks, has a saying: “Give yourself a year, before you give yourself a grade.”
She says it anytime someone is learning a new skill, particularly an important life-skill such as being more meticulous keeping your agreements or saying no to things you don’t really want to do.
I say the same tenet applies when learning a new productivity system, like becurrent. Changing how you handle what you do during the day, is really changing how you do your life altogether.
It’s easy to get enthusiastic about something new, go at it full-force, and feel on top of the world in the beginning. But chances are, once you’ve been swimming in those new waters for a while, you’ll realize that you still have a lot to learn. And even though you may feel on top of the world, you are not a master of your new ways quite yet.
This where the advice to give yourself a year comes in handy. It’s a friendly reminder that (most) good things take time to learn and fully integrate. It’s also an invitation to fully commit to swimming in those deeper waters.
Last night, I was working with a client who has been with us for a couple months now. He’s totally transformed the way he does things, and is more relaxed and productive than he’s ever been. But yesterday, he realized he had dropped the ball on a couple things over the last week – not because he didn’t want to do them but because he didn’t know an efficient way to capture the information he needed in the right place.
There was of course, a simple solution, so the matter was rectified in a matter of minutes. What’s more, he actually already knew the solution and had been applying it to other parts of his work but hadn’t thought to apply it in this situation.
While this may not seem like a big deal, it’s all the little things like this that make you truly fluent. Just like learning a new language, it takes time and consistent use to learn.
So the next time you embark on learning anything new in your life, remember you get to give yourself a year before giving yourself a grade. So settle in, relax, and enjoy the ride!