There’s 2 distinct modes of the mind, whether you apply it to life or work.
On the one hand, you have big picture thinking. This is thinking in the long-term, having a 30,000-foot view of things, holding a picture of the overarching direction of where you are headed.
On the other, you have daily execution. Being in the weeds, firefighting, solving problems as they come, making micro course adjustments as obstacles present themselves everyday.
I’ve discovered that it is hard to be in both modes at the same time. To have big picture thinking, you have to remove your mind from daily execution and interruptions.
It’s less about doing tasks and more about letting your thoughts flow without bounds. You think of where the world is headed and how you can be a part of that picture.
Whenever I get lost in daily execution for more than a few weeks, I start to forget the big picture. When this happens, it's easy to get caught up in all the problems you're facing instead of the direction you're headed.
So for the past week, I've stepped away from execution enough to think about the big picture of what we are doing at DelightChat. And to my relief, most of the big picture elements that lead us into this journey still stand true.
I’m writing this post to serve as a reminder to myself, and I hope it serves you as well.
The only way to ensure that you maintain the big picture is to periodically break away from execution to revisit these thoughts.
It would be easier to revisit the big picture if it were documented in some place.
Hence, the 2-step process becomes: