This is a story about how I learned to tidy up.
I always thought I was so good at organizing and cleaning. I arranged everything based on floor plan (making it “user friendly” as tech people like to call it).
About a month ago, I came across a book about tidying up. I cringed. Who the heck would write a book about putting your stuff away and more importantly, what kind of human being would read it?!
Out of curiosity, I got a copy and started reading.
About 20 pages later, I realized I’d been doing it all wrong.
The book addressed discarding first before organizing. The methods described in the book were easier and more effective.
Had I not been curios to learn a new way to organize, I probably would still be rolling my socks like little ugly potatoes.
This happens a lot.
I often hear people say “Do you know how long I’ve been doing this? 20 years!!!” after their young peers gave them good advice that would save time or money.
When I hear someone say they have "20 years experience" (for many, it really means 1-year experience that's been repeated 20 times) I always have an urge to ask them “Oh, really? Are you 20 times faster? Are you 20 times better than you were?” “Are you getting 20X more done than you once did?”
You see just because you've been doing something for a long time doesn’t necessarily mean you’re good at it.
Okay, yes, there are a lot of advantages to building expertise in a certain area: You know shortcuts, you’ve seen many similar situations before and you know how to react.
But if you never bothered to learn doing things the right way, you're missing a huge opportunity to become better.
The danger of figuring it out by yourself