Better to have a Busy Mind than a Dull One

How busy is your mind? It has long been sug­gest­ed that great peo­ple start by hav­ing a busy mind. Part of the chal­lenge of a busy mind is the process of con­tin­u­al­ly sift­ing through all the ideas that keep pop­ping up, assess­ing them, analysing them, and see­ing how they can affect what they are work­ing on.

The Effect of the Busy Mind

It is always impor­tant to have a busy mind. When you don’t have this you mind will start to wan­der, and often that is to places it should not go (places like the many prob­lems that you have going on in your life). It is good to stop those prob­lems from both­er­ing you, as they tend to take you to dark places that your mind should not be visiting.
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If the mind does not have time to pon­der those dark issues it will tend to be more pro­duc­tive, we pro­duce bet­ter results, think­ing through the prob­lems and chal­lenges you are work­ing on and fig­ur­ing out what is the best/most desir­able out­come. This is almost a dai­ly chal­lenge. Ever wok­en up at the small hours in the morn­ing, haunt­ed by those dark prob­lems? Chances are you did not plant the seed of an idea for your mind to work through before you went into your sleep cycle and those ideas to work on can make all the dif­fer­ence to a rest­ful sleep..

I have had many sleep­less nights (par­tic­u­lar­ly dur­ing my trou­bled times) and when I analyse what hap­pened it was cer­tain­ly a case of allow­ing my fears to stand in the way of the new pos­si­bil­i­ties and when I stopped dwelling on my fears a pos­i­tive result ensued. We all make this mis­take from time to time, yet the impor­tant thing is not to have it stand in your way, learn from last nights rest­less­ness and tell your­self either pos­i­tive thoughts or things you wish to achieve when you go to bed.

The Problems may Still Exist

Sure the prob­lem will still be there in the morn­ing — or will it? Truth is there are times when prob­lems actu­al­ly go away when left to sim­mer for a while. You (or per­haps some­one else) realise that things were not quite as bad as you first imag­ined them to be. Truth is we have a habit of inflat­ing the impor­tance or urgency of prob­lems, beyond all reason.
Why do we do that? Obvi­ous­ly things like bills still need to get paid, and the chances are you still need to resolve that prob­lem at work but real­ly it is a good idea to ques­tion the rel­a­tive impor­tance of every­thing we face and make sure you address every­thing with the right pri­or­i­ty. That bill does not have to be paid till next week, so leave it for a cou­ple of days while you work on oth­er more impor­tant things. Truth is many don’t know the impor­tance of that work prob­lem — they for­get to ask. Do not assume it must be done imme­di­ate­ly (which most of us do), but more often than not there is no demand for imme­di­a­cy, so the work can be slot­ted in at the appro­pri­ate time and still be ready ahead of schedule.
One day I had an employ­ee on my team, Jeff, come scream­ing into my office say­ing he could not take it any­more, so much work had been dumped on his lap, he detailed every­thing he had to com­plete, most of which were for projects I knew about. One task had come from anoth­er man­ag­er, a request for some infor­ma­tion — he sim­ply assumed it was need­ed this week, as it hap­pened I had spo­ken with this man­ag­er a short while before and knew the work was not required till the end of the month. Jeff had not asked when it was need­ed, he sim­ply assumed it was need­ed right away, when it was not.
The point here is we have to put the prob­lems into some kind of per­spec­tive and maybe you have to realise that not all are need­ed now, there are some you can do noth­ing at all about and there are some that real­ly are some­one else’s prob­lem and should be avoid­ed at all costs.

Get Busy Again!

What do you wish to achieve? This is a great ques­tion because it has the capa­bil­i­ty of mak­ing you think about the pos­i­tive things you have going on in your life. We all have a ten­den­cy to get bogged down in out prob­lems when we should spend more time think­ing about the pos­i­tives in out life.
Write down the things you must achieve, and make sure you start achiev­ing them. I have a small dry-wipe board which I write my dai­ly goals on and take plea­sure is cross­ing them out when I com­plete something.

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