Last week I wrote about the awesome power of your brain and how to get it focused on the task at hand instead of trying to remember all the things you had committed to. This week I want to refine that a little so that you can save even more brain power by never having the same thought twice…
It happens all the time. You are busy working away or talking with a client and an idea pop’s into your brain. Sometimes it can be “trivial” like an idea for a birthday present coming up, or it could be something that will provide a major break though for your business.
Because focus is important and you are trying get through what you are doing in the moment, the temptation is to try and ignore the tiny voice inside and leave it till later.
There are two flaws with this approach
- You may forget the brilliant idea and spend ages trying to force yourself to remember it later
- If it is something that needs done your brain will still nag you about it at regular intervals breaking your concentration each time.
So what should you do?
Keep a small notebook or sticky pad with you at all times. When an idea or random thought comes to you, write it down. If you are with someone at the time, just explain that you have had a thought that you need to capture so that you can focus on the conversation.
At the next convenient time, process the notes you have jotted down and make sure they are put somewhere you will find them when you need them.
Personally I have a “bright shiny idea” Journal that I keep just above my computer. Whenever I have a brain blast idea for my business I capture it in that journal and at regular intervals I go through the book and pick one or two to progress.
Some of my clients have used the notes feature in outlook to capture ideas for birthdays, gifts etc. Just set up a new note with Gift Ideas as the first line.
Making sure you have somewhere to capture ideas that you can retrieve later is the secret to only having the same thought once!
Now imagine how much space that could free up in your brain!
If you are struggling to control your time and get the results you know you are capable of then it is time to take action. The Focused Time Management System TM avoids all the clutter and gives you the most important things to focus on to get you back in control of your time and your life. It’s all step by step, not a big mish mash of things. So you do step one of the system, and when you’re done with that, you move on to step two, and so on. So easy! All the tips, tools, and worksheets are handed to you on a silver platter. E mail me at Julie@DevelopmentSolutions.US to arrange a time to chat over your issues and see if I can help