New ideas come to me all the time. Wishing to help, wanting to connect, wanting to reach out to more people, finding new ways to improve, figure out a way to handle anger. You name it, I got all of them.
This search is relentless.
Distinguishing new ideas from distractions. I notice the timing decides which label I put on it.
How would this (insert variable: new idea / distraction) hinder my current progress towards my goals/tasks? Do I choose to stay focus now and let myself explore?
How supportive would it be to explore my idea Right Now when I am in the middle of a task?
Several ways to explore and/or to stay focus when detecting an idea approaching me:
🌱 1. Timebox the attention
Ok, let go check out this new idea for 5min ⏳
🌱 2 .Brain dump it
✍🏽 Write the idea on my notebook / a post-it / my phone
🌱 3. Let it pass
Bye-bye birdy 👋 Muah 💋
How would it be like if I feel my energy and let it flow to where the curiosity lead to explore? It feels easier, more align with how far I wish to explore.
I also use this anchor, a painting (Zhang DaXian) as a gentle reminder that I can let my guts to decide which way to go, towards flexibility (to explore) or towards rigidity (to stay focus).
Dialling towards flexibility with a new idea
dialling towards rigidity with a distraction…
You make the choice for building your healthy habits.
You decide what is possible.