Maximizing and Satisficing. Inaction and Inertia.

Get over myself

I always feel like everything has to be perfect before I can make the first move. I also feel like I always know what’s best for me. Instead of doing that, I need to be able to listen to other people, use systems that work, take advice.

This is the thing I’m struggling with right now.

Satisficing is finding a good-enough solution and sticking with it. Unfortunately for me, I have a hard time with that. From diet to exercise, coding to knitting, I always think the “right” way is just around the corner. I know this is false, but yet it nags at me. I also know, beyond any doubt, that any action is better than inaction (in these types of pursuits), and yet….

So today, I did something. I ate mostly veggies, and finished the night off with pizza. Far from perfect, but miles away from giving up.

The other advantage to just doing something is inertia. Once the ball is rolling it’s much easier to keep it going. After a while, it’s harder to slow it down then continue. So let’s get a streak going!

11 Comments so far

  1. Chad Fowler on October 11th, 2008

    You’re totally right. I started July with just doing _some_ exercise and eating a little better. As I start to felt the effects, it became easy to increase what I was doing. Now I do 40 minutes to an hour of cardio exercise almost every day (maybe missed 2 or 3 in the last month) and I’m eating well every day.

  2. Monsieur Le Clown on December 13th, 2008

    Glad to see you’re back and working towards your goal again. I gave you a hard time a while back about the whiney thing, which was probably unfair of me as I’m really quite good at blaming my failures on circumstances or other people.

    Now I know you’re back I’ll keep checking more regularly. Good luck.

  3. Karthik on December 20th, 2008

    Hi Erik,

    Was looking over the net for some advice on achieving something common!

    We sail in the same ship mate!

    I have lost loads of weight (16 Kgs to be precise) over the last year and a half. But now I’m looking forward to toning my body as well…

    Food… I’m like eat what you want just work out.
    I have mostly vegetarian food.


    I can run for 6 Km in 30 minutes. These days I just jog for an hour before hitting the floor for a few minutes of abs trimming.

    I cover around 3 blocks jogging.
    So how have you been doing now? Still working out?
    Let me know!

    I believe in that quote too -
    Those who can’t, teach!

    So for once, lets be learners.
    You were talking about a virtual training partner!
    Let me know if you are interested. I have a resolution to achieve this by Feb 09.


  4. 8 pack abs on June 11th, 2009

    Hey dude, you still going on this?
    Give us a progress report!

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