Lately, my brain just will not stop.
I’m suffering from a serious case of idea overwhelm.
Ideas for blog posts. Ideas for work projects. Ideas for side businesses. Ideas for solving the world’s problems. Ideas for re-decorating my room. Ideas for simplifying my routine. Ideas, ideas, ideas.
Too many. I have too many.
I’m absolutely, positively not saying this to brag. My ideas are actually overwhelming me to the point of paralysis. I can’t focus for long enough to fully write down an idea before I’m on to the next one. It’s exhausting.
Here is the problem with ideas: sometimes, simply writing them down makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something. But the real trouble here is that I haven’t.
Coming up with the idea for something is only like 5% of it. DOING that something is where progress is made. Where revolutions are started. Where I cross the threshold of being able to actually pat myself on the back.
So the problem? I haven’t been doing much of anything the past two months. Just dreaming. Scheming. List-making.
Hence the idea overload(whelm) state. Here’s my plan to get out of this state:
- Gather all of the random notes tucked away in three different notebooks, an assortment of Evernotes and Notes on my phone into one, central location (probably Trello).
- Do a gut-check: Which of these ideas are really worthwhile? Which are the most me? Which did I come up with primarily because I wanted to emulate someone else? Which will bring value in the future – not just for me, but for someone else?
- And then? SHIP. Pound things out. Turn plans into actions. Get shit done. Share it with the world.
I read a great blog post the other day while spiraling down the path of non-productivity (again) that really emphasized the idea that done is better than perfect. So true, so wise.
All of you New Years Resolution-ers, goal-setters, trailblazers or whatevertheheck you want to call yourselves, join me in doing something this week.
Making something. Moving the needle forward. Let’s roll.