Thursday, December 17, 2009

Events vs. Processes

I've been thinking today about events vs. processes.

Events are pretty easy. There's a beginning, middle and end. You can often plan for them. They happen, and they're over, and you move on. That's not to say you're not changed by them, because you certainly can be. But, they're distinct, not ongoing.

Processes require a different kind of work. The landscape is continually shifting, requiring you to adjust as you go along. You can't plan much in a process, and what you do plan is likely to be little more than an amusing joke for the gods.

Meeting someone is an event, but having a relationship is a process. Being hired for a new job is an event, but learning the work place is a process. Getting a new gadget is an event, but using it is a process.

The last few months of my life have involved a great deal of process. I think I need a better balance of events and processes. The trick is to not confuse the two.

Obviously, there's much here for me to think about.

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