How do you create focus when you have so many ideas?
It’s a common state for people who want to do something great with their life to get overwhelmed by options. In fact, so overwhelmed they end up doing nothing.
How many ideas do you have in your head right now?
The term ‘multi-passioned’ gets used quite a bit now to describe you when you love many different things and cannot choose what to focus on. It’s fabulous having a lot of ideas and things you’re passionate about but it can get you stuck choosing what to do first. Right?
The reality is, there is no real right or wrong answer but making a choice to create focus in the direction of one idea is helpful to quieten down the voice of overwhelm.
When I met my client she was ‘fragmented, fatigued and frustrated’. In fact, she told me the reason why she wanted to work with me was because, “Something had to give. I was feeling like God was pushing me to write, and lots of ideas were swirling around but other commitments along with confusion about how to proceed had paralysed me so I couldn’t move forward”
So how do you create focus when you have so many ideas?
1. Create space and time for a ‘brain dump’
Get everything out of your head and onto paper. Personally, pen and paper are the best way to do this because I can just keep scribbling ideas and draw arrows or add lists. But there are also fabulous mind-mapping software tools or organising boards (like Trello) that can be a place where you put down all your thoughts, ideas, to-do’s or desires.
There is enormous benefit to taking thoughts and making them tangible. Good decisions are hard to make when you are clouded by too many options. Your brain isn’t designed to function at it’s best storing all that knowledge, it needs space to think clearly and create focus.
2. Organise and Prioritise
Start to group everything you’ve written down into categories. Home, health, business, creativity, career, spirituality, personal growth…. there are can be any number of areas where your ideas can be organised.
As you’re doing this ask yourself ‘do I need to do this NOW’? or ‘can I do this NOW’? Do some gut checks to get a sense of the priority of each idea. Put a star or make a note of those ones that jump out as critical.
Remember, you do not have the time, energy or resources to do it all at the same time – hold one idea up against the other and consider, ‘if I HAD to go with one right now which would it be?’. You may well decide to go with two in the end, but you need to give your mind some peace by organising your thoughts.
3. Accept that not all decisions are final
Any making a decision you are not cutting off change. Life does change, sometimes you have to be able to adapt or you could have selected your idea to start with and then realised it is not what you really want.
The key is starting with a decision and taking action because it is then you will start to know if it’s right for you.
4. Set yourself a time frame or achievement level
You will have greater chance of creating momentum and focus if you choose one idea Then set yourself a time frame or a milestone that you need to achieve to know that this idea is worth continuing to pursue.
You can waste a lot of time trying to make a dream happen so you need to have a way to put your dream to the test. Remember, a dream doesn’t cost you anything – it will always stay as an idea – until you take action and see what is possible.
The greatest results I got in choosing a pathway and creating focus was when I worked with a coach. If you still feel stuck with all your ideas and you need to work it through with someone please check out my services page.
So what is something that helps you to know what to do? I’d love to hear any tips or ideas that could help others.