When You Have Too Many Ideas

15-Jul-2014

As a young creative professional my biggest fear was not having enough ideas. Now as a creative entrepreneur my biggest fear is not knowing what to do with All The Ideas. Kathleen here, and I must confess – I’ve been feeling really creative lately. From product launches to new business plans, ideas seem to strike in the middle of yoga class, while running errands, and my personal favorite, at 4am in the morning (insomnia, anyone?). While it’s a good problem to have, too many ideas can confuse you (and your clients), diffuse your energy, leave you feeling scattered, and even paralyze your ability to make decisions and take action. And I know I’m not alone – most of my clients and creative peers seem to have the same trouble with too many ideas. 

So today I want to share one simple approach for dealing with an abundance of ideas: 

WHEN YOU HAVE TOO MANY IDEAS PUT THEM ON THE SHELF
Literally write down all your ideas, put them in a jar, and put that jar on a shelf. Alternatively, you can get more organized (and perhaps a bit less dramatic) and shelve your ideas in a notebook. Evernote is also a great place to collect all your thoughts. The idea (heh) is to have a place to capture your ideas so you can get them out of your head and tend to them when the time is right. 

You’ll find some ideas keep rising to the top and will eventually be worth executing. And on the flipside you will no longer be wasting mental energy on ideas that don’t have traction – making room for the ones that do.

(P.S. Here’s a helpful post for when you’re ready to take your ideas out of the jar and turn your vision into action.)  

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