One of my biggest handicaps is my habit of spreading myself too thin. I have always been interested in too many things at the same time. Add to that a seemingly endless string of thoughts and ideas and it can make for a real mess when trying to get anything accomplished. Sometimes I can’t even get all my thoughts down before I am distracted by another. Now, some people might view all this as a bad thing. A good while back, even I thought it was kind of a bad thing. However, I realized that if I could get a handle on it and improve my ability to focus, it could be a very good thing.
It hit me one day when I heard someone complaining about writer’s block. I’ve heard similar complaints from many people over time about writing, painting, coding, and all sorts of other creative areas. When I got to a point in life where I needed to actually harness some of my ideas, I could see that an endless flood of ideas would be a marvelous thing. The bad news is that this is just the first step… realization.
Realization is a very very powerful tool for transforming one’s self. Next comes doing something about it. So, what does one do in order to harness an incoming flood of thoughts and ideas.
Organization Is Key
I’ve always struggled with organizational skills, but in the pursuit of fulfilling a need, improvements must be made. The need? In general, the need is to turn some of the thoughts and ideas into reality. My thoughts are often leaning towards entrepreneurial pursuits, so there is usually something business-y up my sleeve. I’m not perfect, but I have come a long way. If you are like me and struggle with sorting what is important and what is not and prioritizing what needs to be done, I highly recommend “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R. Covey. It’s a great way to start down the path to being more efficient and organized.
Aside from reading material to understand the fundamentals of organization, there are a number of tools I have tried while on my path to better focus and accomplishment. The big thing for me was finding a way to capture my ideas and grow them. The ones I have come to settle with are: Read more
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