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.
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.