Lisa and I enjoyed an incredible trip to Italy last month. We spent several days in Rome and and Venice, and we thoroughly enjoyed the adventure. Every day was exhausting, because it seemed as though we walked 10 miles to/from every tour (and every tour was a walking tour!). But, it was an unforgettable journey for our 30th Anniversary.
We struggled in the early planning stages, trying to figure out all the options that were available to us. Once we decided to travel, which country would we visit? How long would we stay? What attractions did we want to visit? Which restaurants would we pick? How much were we willing to spend on the trip?
Every project has multiple decisions that must be made. As the thrashing process evolved (trying to answer those questions), we inevitably came to moments when we had to decide. We had to evaluate and compare cost, time, and experience. We could not “thrash” indefinitely…we were required to decide before the time expired to book our tickets. We had to embrace or decline each particular option.
We could have shortened the trip, and spend more money on airfare and hotel accommodations. We could have accepted a cheaper room and enjoyed better food. We could have selected fewer guided tours and spent more time planning our own itinerary. The choices seemed endless…but they had to be made.
It is easy to get discouraged when these decisions seem to dominate the project. The joy of taking a trip to Italy was replaced by the frustration of constant “investigation” of endless choices. There were many moments that we had to make a decision…any decision…and stop the thrashing process.
Keep your head focused on the overall objective. Allow others to make decisions that keep the project moving. Don’t get too absorbed or spend too much time on any one issue…it will distract from the end goal.
Thanks for listening.