We live in a world full of choices. Just go to Zalando or Netflix. It’s no joke that choosing a movie or series to watch takes longer than actually watching it. There are also many decisions to be made at work. Should I stop working on this project? Should I write an email already? And so on and so forth. I expected this week to be rich in data.
I used a proven system. I set up notifications on my phone every hour (except during the night) and wrote down every moment of indecision. Over time, five categories clarified. My indecision was related to:
- creative work (e.g. details of graphic designs)
- food (when and what to eat?)
- relationships (should I write / call?)
- hygiene and clothing (what to wear, when to take shower?)
- related to shopping (browsing offers, reading reviews).
I gathered quite a lot of data. I have written down over 130 moments of indecision. While drawing the postcard, I had four different ideas. Ultimately, I decided to choose the artistic vision, which shows the diversity of my indecision moments. I had both important dilemmas (e.g. related to buying a new car) and trivial ones (e.g. what font to choose in advertising graphics). Ultimately, I mixed all data together. I hope that my postcard clearly shows that life is not simple and black and white.
Having children must be like having an extra job. I don’t have children myself, but Klaudia’s postcard clearly shows it. I like the everyday labyrinths. They illustrate well the subject of indecision. I am sure that Klaudia’s knowledge and experience play the role of Ariadne’s threads 🙂
I was curious to see what this week would bring. Even though I hesitate a lot, my goal is to ensure that as many repetitive and trivial activities as possible in my life happen automatically. In this way, I do not have to remember about them and I spare energy to solve more interesting problems.
The idea of detailed data collection terrified me, as I expected a tough week at work. I decided not to interrupt my focus with regular writing down of all hesitation moments. I just sat every evening and remembered all (or at least the majority of) major and minor decisions that I had to make during the day.
Initially, I had absolutely no idea how to present my indecision mishmash. After analyzing the data and breaking it down into topics, I observed that some decisions were interesting and thought provoking, while others were trivial or just boring. I decided to use this additional data layer.
On top of that, I wanted to show in my postcard that each day is a sequence of decisions.
And that’s how my postcard was created. I am not entirely satisfied with the outcome, but at least I tried something new 🙂
It’s easy to see that Jakub collected data every hour, and I only collected data only once a day – he managed to save over 50 more records than I did 😉
This postcard makes me think of sea waves. Moments of hesitation come and go like ebbs and flows. As soon as we deal with one problem, another one comes.