When you have hit a sticky part of your project and a new opportunity or idea presents itself, what is your default?
Do you quickly move to the new and get started – abandoning the thing that you were trying to do?
Do you keep plugging away at what you are doing, even if the new thing is a better way to get there?
Many of my clients are in the first group. My more ambitious clients try to do both the new AND the old, then wonder why they finish neither of them and have a pile of unfinished projects in front of them.
I, and a few of my other clients, land in the second group – doggedly executing that original plan, even if the new idea is a better way to get there, then wondering why we’re burnt out and regretful.
In more mindful moments, you can make that choice conscious.
In this age of busy, and with the increased pressure to “do it all,” it’s even more important that you get clear on the opportunity cost of saying “yes.”
It’s important to pause long enough to see whether the option in front of you provides a better way to get you where you want to go than what you are currently doing.
I’m in the process of developing a new course on Dealing with Distracting Ideas and I need your feedback.
- What questions do you have about setting priorities and maintaining focus?
- What outcomes do you expect from this course?
- What topics would you love for the course to cover?
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Thank you for your help.