… or just half-heartedly doing one or two and forgetting what you meant to do with the rest?
At the moment, particularly because I’ve been travelling a lot lately and away from a computer, I have lots of ideas and to-do’s filling my head and very little recorded anywhere else.
I’m currently reading a great book called ‘Flow‘ by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (just needed to remind myself of the guy’s surname there…). One of the main premises of the book is about bringing order to chaos. That our minds are naturally tended toward entropy/chaos and by bringing order to that chaos we will achieve a more optimal experience (which the author calls ‘Flow’).
A Diversion or a ‘Heads-Up’?
Despite what this book is telling me, I’m going to do something a little different with this article and share my thoughts and current state with you as well as hopefully addressing what we can do when faced with this ‘too many ideas‘ phenomenon (please tell me if this happens to you too).
The article will therefore be a little loose, a little random, but does still have some actionable advice (what to do when you get too many ideas) and very real-world examples (mine, right now).
So is this a diversion or a heads-up? Well, I like to think the latter, obviously.
Bringing Order To Chaos
Funny that this kind of goes against the premise of the book I’m reading.
Well it does and it doesn’t.
It does… because rather than having clearly defined goals, and writing a tight, clear, well researched article on any one of them, I’m going to be rambling a little.
It doesn’t… because by writing this stuff down somewhere, I am actually bringing some order to that chaos, capturing what I have so far so as not to lose it – I’m just sharing it with you instead of writing it down privately.
And it’s not procrastination because I’m still going to write the article I intended to write but I just wanted to get this lot out of me and written somewhere first.
What to Do When You Have Too Many Ideas
So, as with all of my favorite concepts, this one is stupidly simple, yet surprisingly powerful. Here it goes:
Write them down.
When you write things down, you not only record them but you revise them too. Go ahead and try it. Writing things down they often don’t play out in exactly the same way as they did when you first thought of them in your head.
This causes you to question and re-state what you wanted to say. You may have to pause for a moment to remember what it was exactly that you wanted from any particular point, you will call upon feelings as well as just words and you will hopefully end up with a richer record than you started with – worst case at least you won’t lose it all.
My Current Challenge
Often I get ideas for articles which I can write out immediately with very little thought. Articles that almost write themselves – or I know the full extent of what I want to write and can do so right away. Questions and requests from readers are like this – I simply have to answer the question and I know I’ll have at least one reader 😉
My current challenge is that I am full up with the other type of ideas. Ideas that I know could make great articles/products/subscriber emails/courses but that need a little more thought or crafting or that I’m not sure into which bucket they should go.
Some of My Current Ideas
So what are all of these ideas? Here they are. Feel free to comment on any, but bear in mind that you may or may not see them some time soon – at the moment they are just the ideas that are bugging me currently (and this is not all of them – I already have a much longer list of article ideas and suggestions which are already recorded, I’m just putting these here instead this time).
Note these are mainly headlines and deliberately cryptic. If you want to know more you could always ask, but the point is really that if I was going to spend too much more time explaining any one of them, then I’d just write the article, wouldn’t I?
- Crowdsourcing Article: this is the article I was going to write today but instead I’m writing this one. Don’t worry, you’re not missing out at all and I’m hardly delaying this, I’ll be writing that article this week or next in addition to whatever else we put out (with all of these ideas I need to get moving on them – this one first). Update: here it is: Crowdsourcing III: One More To Tell You About, Recap & Results of The Playlist Experiment
- How To Invest in Property: A friend recently asked me how I do it – i.e. what my process is. I thought if I’m helping this friend I may as well help our valued subscribers too, so this is one I’ll be inviting via the email list very shortly – if you’re on our list watch out for that, if not, you can join below (in case you joined after I sent that email and you’d like to be extended the same invitation, just let me know once you’re on the list and I’ll get back to you). Update: I sent this to my list (let me know if you’re on my list, are interested but didn’t see the invite…)
- Mindset Wealth Tip: 3 different mindsets when it comes to money.
- Do We Survive by Sheer Dumb Luck?: Article on attention & focus – related to 5 levels of attention & making our experiences more complex.
- The Power of Taking Action: speaks for itself doesn’t it? Relate this to some recent client experiences.
- Am I an Entrepreneur: Who cares? There’s a lot of talk about the mindset of an Entrepreneur/what it takes to be an entrepreneur vs traditional employment – explain why this doesn’t matter & why I don’t like the word entrepreneur.
- Sharing Some of The Key Tools/Internet Apps I Use: not sure about this one but perhaps. Update: In the end I did do something very similar and kind of I went to town, check this out: Websites – 365 REALLY Useful Websites You Just Gotta Check Out
- Why You Is The Best Investment You Can Make (Wealth Tip): not just about investing in you, but why people generally don’t and why you should.
- Consulting Case Studies: add some case studies to the website (consulting section) for client engagements (probably needs to be presentation format) to showcase the kind of work we do for clients.
- Behind the Scenes Stuff: listen in on a 1-2-1 client session – share some excerpts with people on email list. Update: now done – you’ll get to ‘eavesdrop’ a 121 call with a business client if you are a subscriber. You can also specifically request a few different examples here: consulting call excerpts.
- Free Training Courses: add some structured training for email list subscribers – need to be careful how to do this, either via using optionality or correct timing.
As if to prove the point, I’d forgotten about most of these (I have so many different projects going on at the moment its unreal) but was brought back here via a notification of Ana’s recent comment below. So, because I wrote these down, I still stand a chance of doing some, or all of these, otherwise they may have just drifted off into the ether…
So there you go.
As you can see, writers block isn’t an affliction I exactly suffer from, but if you do (assuming you are on our list), shoot me an email and I’ll give you some tips on how to beat writers block (there are lots of ways of doing this but I’ve gone on for long enough and it’s kind of outside the scope of this particular article).
You want me to keep on rambling?
No, I thought not.
… but I forgive myself one article like this every once in a while…
Let me know if any of the above resonates with you and watch out for more specific articles very very soon.