Focus Your Mind, Get in Control of Your Time

Don’t Waste Time Thinking the Same Thoughts Twice

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There are few things as unproductive as having the same thought twice.

How many times have you had a great thought in bed or in the shower, only to forget it later? How many new product ideas have come and gone between the shampoo and the conditioner?

Or you think of a fantastic gift idea for your Mom’s birthday only to stand in the store stumped later on. Worse yet, you know you thought of something, you just can’t remember what it was.  And how frustrating is it that you do eventually remember, but never when you are in the store, and usually once her birthday was past and you handed over a desperation gift!

Not only are you wasting your brain’s potential by thinking about it twice, you are using even more energy trying to remember what you already thought!

So, here is a tip. Always have a notebook handy.

It could be a pad at the side of your bed, a little notebook in your pocket and in your car, I have even heard of some people installing a whiteboard in the shower!! I guess that works if you are really creative in the shower.

For those who are more techie in spirit there are many phone apps you can use to capture your ideas. I use free AK Notepad by Catch.com for the MyTouch which is really simple and lets me keep my errands list on it too.

If you travel a lot a voice recorder could be the way to go. Again there are apps you can download for free, or if you need something you can access with just one touch of a button there are many digital voice recorders around. I use a Sony ICD-PX820 which has different folders for different types of thoughts. Like personal errands and business ideas.

(It also has the facility to downlaod to your computer and be transcribed using Dragon Naturally Speaking – but I will do a review of that later once I have figured it out!)

Whatever method you use to capture your thoughts, you need to make sure that you collect and process them; otherwise you have just got more waste.

Daily or weekly (depending how prolific you are) gather all your scrap, and recordings and decide what you will do with them. Do they go in a central good idea folder? Do they go in project files or to do lists?

Whatever your process is stick with it for a few days and see what your brain comes up with. Once it learns that it needs to only think each thought once just watch what it does with the rest of the time!!

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

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Kathy November 18, 2010, 10:39 am

It’s so true! My problem is TOO many notebooks handy 😉

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