Better to have a Busy Mind than a Dull One

Busy mind or Busy doing nothing by Jose Murillo CC0 Public Domain from Unsplash

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 those ideas that keep popping up, assess­ing them, analys­ing them, and seeing how they can affect what they are working on. Do they improve things?

 

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 (like visit­ing the many problems that you have going on in your life). It is good to stop those problems from bother­ing your every day routing. The problem they tend to take a dark place in your mind. Somewhere you should not visit. For example your debts can bog down your think­ing.
 
Complex Mind from theconversation.com
Complex Mind from thecon​ver​sa​tion​.com
The key is to remain active and think about posit­ive things you can do. When the mind ponders those dark issues it becomes distrac­ted. Push them away and you will be more product­ive. Produce better results. Think through problems and challenges more posit­ively. You will display a more posit­ive attitude. Then produce a more desir­able outcome.

 

Sleepless Nights No More

 

This is a daily challenge. Ever woken up at the small hours in the morning, haunted by those dark problems? Is that the undesir­able side of having a busy mind? Chances are you did not plant the seed of an idea for your subcon­scious mind to work through before you went into your sleep cycle. Having a busy mind while you sleep can be danger­ous.

The subcon­scious mind stores and retrieves inform­a­tion. You can also set it to work on problems while you clear your conscious mind. This aids the sleep cycle. Set your ideas to work, while you have a restful sleep.

I have had many sleep­less nights (partic­u­larly during my troubled times). When I analyse what happened it was certainly a case of allow­ing my fears to stand in the way of the new possib­il­it­ies. When I stopped dwell­ing on my fears posit­ive results 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? 

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 as bad as you first imagined them. Truth is we have a habit of inflat­ing the import­ance or urgency of problems, beyond all reason. That stands in the way of progress. Someone else notices the error and simply corrects is — we a not conscious of their actions. It is what they do.

Why do we do that? Obviously things like bills still need to get paid. Chances are you still need to resolve that problem at work. You need to question the relat­ive import­ance of everything faced. Make sure you address everything with the right prior­ity. That bill is not due till next week. Leave it for a couple of days while you work on other more import­ant things. Deal with it when it becomes import­ant.

 

How Important is it?

 
Frequently people don’t know the prior­ity of the things they work on. Team members working on a low prior­ity task is a project manager’s night­mare. People are unaware of the relat­ive import­ance of tasks. Perhaps they forget to ask. But, most people start with the easiest tasks first.
 
They make assump­tions when working. Another assump­tion is that tasks must get completed immedi­ately. More often than not there is no demand for immedi­acy. It can wait a few weeks. The challenge here is poor commu­nic­a­tion. The flip side to this is the activ­ity that requires immedi­ate atten­tion being delayed. All about commu­nic­a­tion. This ensures the work is 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 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 perspect­ive. Maybe your problem doesn’t need an answer right now. Realise, also, there are some problems you can do nothing at all about. There are some that really are someone else’s problem.
 

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.
 

Buy Peter B. Giblett a coffee as a thank you for creat­ing this article.

 

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