If an item on the table is askew, I will square it. If a drawer is left ajar, I will shut it. If something needs to be done, I will devise a strategy to accomplish it. If finances need to be assessed, I will budget them. If a project needs to be completed, I will manage it. If you need a superhero who has great attention to detail, I’m your girl.
When I read the most recent Discover Challenge, I had no clue what my superpower would be. I don’t particularly excel at anything unless you count procrastination. Instead, I turned to my significant other to find out what he thought my superpower might be. His response was immediate and without hesitation: Optimizing systems.
I’m not kidding. Those were his words. Who even says that? Perhaps his superpower is clever turns of phrase, but I digress.
After seeking affirmation that it meant what I thought it did, I learned I excel at planning, organizing, management, and just generally bossing people around. Only slightly joking about that last part. Pleasure surges through me at defeating to-do lists, and I relish saving the day with a well-coordinated system of schedules and events. There is no project too great, no party too small. I approach each one methodically and analyze it all.
However, my meticulous planning and insistence on having things “just so” seems a hindrance at times. When plans don’t “go to plan”, I can spiral down and lose focus. My arch-nemesis, loss of control, has caused anxiety attacks, but like any superhero worth their cape, I have found ways to combat its poisonous barbs. It helps to breathe, reassess, and approach with a slight feint to the right and the one-two punch of Plan B. Chocolate and cherry coke help, too.
Managing a classroom, organizing a school, tracking the plots of multiple books, arranging social events for a state convention, assisting with the operation of one of the largest guilds in a MMO, balancing the countless tasks that need to be completed before week’s end on Friday – Optimizing systems is a tough job. But somebody has to do it.