5 Steps To Go From Idea Overwhelm To Focused Action

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Managing good ideasDo you have so many ideas that you don’t know where to start?

They come to you at all times of the day and you often wake up in the middle of the night with another great idea. (Though these don’t always look so great in the cold morning light, eh?J)

That’s okay – it’s typical Entrepreneur behaviour.

After all, the ideas can be the most exciting part sometimes can’t they?

You know where you want your business to be but you have 10 zillion ideas on how to get there. Where do you start?

Perhaps you are flitting around from one idea to the next but never actually seeing anything through to completion?

In order to have a successful business you need to be able to commit to the ideas you are going to work on and follow them through.

I know you’re going to get tonnes more ideas whilst doing the ones you commit to – and what if those new ideas are better? Maybe they’re the ones that will make your business successful, faster? Should you stop working on your current ones?

Arghhhh! Your head can’t take any more!

Maybe you should put your current ones on hold whilst you review the new ideas.

And then it starts again. More ideas. More work left unfinished. More space taken up in your head. More beating yourself up.

Let’s stop faffing about and look at the 5 steps you need to take to move from being overwhelmed with ideas to taking focused action

1.  Accept it

To be an Entrepreneur requires creativity – this means that you will get oodles of ideas!

That’s okay, it’s par for the course.

Don’t try and fight it or deny it. It’s part of who you are and, it’s part of what will make your business great.

In fact, I’d even recommend that you allow time each month to generate and think about new ideas.

As well as keeping you on your toes it will help to keep your energy levels up if this is something you really enjoy.

Feed your creativity and allow the ideas to flow.

2.  Record them

When you get new ideas, have a way of capturing them so that you don’t forget about them and you can get them out of your head.

Examples of how you can record them include:

  • Have a special notebook just for recording new ideas – an ideas book
  • Set up a document on your computer you can access easily
  • Use a mind map
  • Have a big whiteboard or blackboard in your office just for ideas

Whatever works for you. Just make sure it’s something you can access easily and record the idea in a way that you can review later.

At this stage, don’t spend time thinking through the idea. Just capture it so that you can come back to it later.

3.  Prioritise them

Schedule time in your diary each month to go back to your ideas and start to explore them more.

Agree a set amount of time that you will spend on this and stick to it, e.g. an hour a month.

Consider:

  • How will the idea progress you to your goals?
  • How easy is it to implement?
  • How long will it take?
  • What help will you need?
  • What benefits will it deliver?

Asking these questions will help you to understand how to prioritise it. There should be one of three outcomes here:

  1. Dismiss the idea as not worth doing
  2. Agree that it may be worth doing in the future, but not now. In which case keep it in your ideas area to review again at a future point.
  3. Set it as a priority to schedule in

4.  Schedule them in

Any that fall into ‘c’ above, you should schedule them in to your calendar to begin working on them.

This is the key to making them happen!

Don’t wait until you have time – you’ll never have enough time to do everything.

If you have prioritised these ideas as worth working on then you need to figure out what steps you need to take next and start to schedule them in your calendar.

This may mean that other stuff doesn’t get done. If this ‘other stuff’ is less important i.e. doesn’t take you to your goals as quickly, then so be it.

You need to make a conscious and strategic decision about which ideas to progress based on your business goals and objectives, and by the same token, you need to decide which ones to bin.

5.  Deliver

As long as you are delivering on some of these ideas then you are making progress and not flitting around from one idea to the next.

Aim for progress, not perfection, and keep your focus on moving towards your goals.

You need to complete some ideas through to the end in order to start making progress in your business.

But, it is okay to pull some ideas you’re working on occasionally, as long as you can clearly justify the business reasons why it makes sense to do so.

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Figure out a place where you will record your ideas going forward and then look to follow these 5 steps to keep you focused on action and not on idea overwhelm.