Monday, April 12, 2010

The Path of Least Resistance.

For a while now - I don't know how long, but it's definitely over a month and a half - I've been stretching myself a little too thinly. Too much planning, trying to do too much, trying to do the absolute best, etc, etc, etc. Net result? I've run myself into the ground. Ok, so not quite into the ground, but I've definitely run myself down and I'm suffering as a result.

So, what to do? I've decided to take the path of least resistance. If there's a quick/easy route out of something, then I'm taking it. If I can get out of something I don't particularly like, then I'm gone. This week I'm taking it easy, because I need to get back to being 100%, but then after that it'll be a whole bunch easier. I hope.

Why the path of least resistance? Because sometimes water, electricity and volcanoes have the right idea: just take the easiest route to your destination. Ok, so pretty much all routes are easy for a volcano, but whatever. For me, the path of least resistance started yesterday when I changed one of my paper titles. Coincidently, it now just happens to have the exact same title as a paper I wrote last year. Don't you just love it when coincidences like that happen? ;) (FYI: I will be editing it - it's going to be an exercise in discovering the true extent of my perfectionism.)

Do you ever feel like following the path of least resistance? Does it work out for you (please say it does)? Are there some areas of your life in which you're more inclined to follow the path of least resistance?


  1. I definitely have had phases where I have run myself into the ground. When I first started working for my former employer, I quickly learned that I just could not say yes to everything. So I limited myself to one social engagement/week and that really seemed to help.

    Then that job obviously got to be too much, so I made the decision to change jobs and work in a career that is much, much, much more manageable. I've been back for one day and am so so so happy. :)

  2. Unfortunately, I think we've all been there... I really don't deal all that well with stress. When I'm too busy it really gets to me, so I've learned to not put too much on my plate, or else nothing gets done!

    I think you're on the right path... sometimes, you do have to take the path of least resistance! Good luck with the paper :)

  3. Sometimes we really just need to take things the easy way, it really does help.