We are working on rearranging our kitchen cabinetry because enduring four weeks of installing new floors wasn’t enough pain =;^} After removing one of the wall mounted cabinets, I discovered a hidden plug (call it outlet A) in the wall. I thought it would be great to tap into outlet A and add a light under the cabinet to make working on the countertop easier. It would be relatively simple, but I would need to install an electrical box with a light switch on the wall under the cabinet.
I took some measurements, bought a light and some materials and stepped back one more time to survey things before I got started. It was then that I noticed there was already an electrical outlet (outlet B) in the wall much closer to where I wanted the switch!
The outlet had been there all along, but I didn’t think about tapping into that switch. Instead, I was planning to do something more complex. Why?
It is because of where I started. I started at outlet A, so my thinking naturally traveled from that point, causing me to neglect outlet B. Had I thought about installing the light before I discovered the hidden outlet, I would have looked for the nearest electrical source and found outlet B immediately.
In other words, I was focused on the solution of using outlet A, instead of the problem of how to light the counter.
What about you? Have you ever focused on the solution before defining the problem?
Do good and be well,