Remember when you were young and you would dream something wild and dash to your crayons. You would then draw a magnificent picture of your creation. A wonder that the world cannot live without.
As we “grow-up” we still dream of fascinating creations. But instead of recording them on paper, we immediately think that will never fly and go on with our day.
Months, then years pass and to our amazement, you see that fascinating creation alive and think, I thought of that..
The moral is that some of the amazing ideas that pop into your head are fascinating creations. Draw them out, write their story. Who can it hurt? It might look better on paper than abstractly floating in your stuffed, overworked brain.
Who knows after a little tweaking and some outside input you might have the next big idea.
It has better odds that the lottery and is a lot more fun.
It is 10am and you have just finished a grueling white paper that you have sweated over for weeks. Job well done…now what’s next? You could start on the next report, visit your team in the bullpen or any of a hundred other easily quantifiable tasks. How do you choose?
Gary Keller emphasizes in his book, The One Thing, when we are in a situation where we can decide what to do next, we should ask ourselves what is the one thing that will deliver the best result over time. That’s it. It could be any of the above or more. Simply take a moment to review your options and get to work on the one you deem the best for all involved.
Simple, right? But I would like to add one more option to this selection process that many of us forget. Take a break. We all know that multitasking is a term that does not exist in reality but we also forget that we cannot be “on” 24/7. Work is work and home is home and both require your constant attention. But we need down time. Anything from taking a vacation to just taking a minute to stare out the window. Let your mind rest, let it go blank. After your break, you will be shocked how much more focused you will be.
So when you have finished that killer project and you are deciding what journey to take your brain on next, add rest as one of the options to choose from.
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