Do We Make Things Harder Than They Really Are?

Do We Make Things Harder Than They Really Are?

Do We Make Things Harder Than They Really Are?

 

This is something I’ve been wondering for a while now. I know, I have a problem with getting frustrated about the pace of my life and then taking on too much, and then burning out. I totally will not mention right now the new blog idea that I had and my terrible enabler (aka husband) is really excited about.

 

I’ve been using Anchor a bit recently (it’s a new social media platform, kind of like max 2min podcasts but fuss free, no iTunes, no RSS etc needed) and the other day I posted about having to change my blogging patterns on Bloggers and Bacon because I got late acceptance to uni this year and while I’m loving it, I can’t keep my commitment to myself to blog 3-5 days per week (5 was the goal, 3 was the at best reality). You can listen here, but the TL;DR version is that I felt like I had let myself down in my goals.

 

Do We Make Things Harder Than They Really Are?

 

Now, I know I was just being smart and trying to avoid burnout. It just felt like a personal failure at the same time as being smart. Humans are contradictory and confusing. Or is that just me?

 

But why I’m writing this post is that is it really all that hard? Really? Do we make things harder than they need to be?

 

I have applied for and had interviews for a number of social media/blogging type of jobs in the past few years, and the ability to create content in a commercial environment is far, far greater than that of running two personal-type of blogs!

 

So why is it hard? Is it the personal connection? The personal level of investment in blogs that makes it harder to write that much? The lack of a team or environment?

 

Or is it a case of writing for yourself (even if your blog is a business) and writing for a job is simply a different type of motivation and we can’t compare it?

 

What do you think? Do we make things harder than they really are?

 

12 Replies to “Do We Make Things Harder Than They Really Are?”

  1. I really do, life can be as simple as we make it too! I am working on simplifying my day, it’s too busy, and I am finding so much of it, I have simple complicated un-necessarily.

    1. Vanessa Smith says: Reply

      And I think it’s so easy to let things complicate themselves. It’s good that you’re taking steps back to simplify.

  2. From one over thinker to another.. Yes.. We “can” complicate life & ourselves most unnecessarily! I’m learning this day by day! Congrats on late Uni entry by the way!

    1. Vanessa Smith says: Reply

      Thanks 🙂 My readings only arrived last week so I have a lot of catching up to do this weekend!

  3. I really make things hard for myself but I think it’s more to do with my own expectations. I’m a perfectionist and I always set the bar really high. It’s a blessing and a curse at the same time! Helps motivate me and reach goals but I get very discouraged if I’m not as successful as I want to be.

    1. Vanessa Smith says: Reply

      Perfectionism is a hard line to walk.

  4. I totally think we make things harder than they have to be. There are times when I will go and walk up a hill simply to view the world from above and see how small everything is when you rise above it. I get up there to focus on the grass, the trees, the bugs … nature … and how simple life can actually be if we let it! Because we damn humans keeping making things so gosh darn hard for ourselves.

    1. Vanessa Smith says: Reply

      That’s a great way of maintaining perspective.

  5. Yes, I have a bad habit of making things more complicated than they have to be at times. I’ve tried to be more aware of it and address it. The struggle is real! 🙂

    1. Vanessa Smith says: Reply

      Trying to be aware of it is a huge first step in breaking the habit. It has taken me a few years to do that with something else.

  6. Most things are made harder than they should be. Once you get priorities in the right order, things fall into place and the stress just disappears. At first, I blogged for everybody else, but when I realized that when I blogged for myself–when I wanted–it was OK and I my posts were more meaningful for everyone,

    1. Vanessa Smith says: Reply

      That’s an excellent example!

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