When it comes to creatives ( bloggers and business owners alike ), you’re usually on one side of the fence: you either have tons of ideas, so many that you can’t seem to keep track of them or follow through or you feel like you have no ideas, so you spend a lot of time staring at a blank screen.
No matter which side of the fence you find yourself, the thing is: we’ve all been on both sides, and neither one is particularly fun. Having no ideas tends to be a downward spiral of emotions sometimes starting with you questioning what you do. ( Am I really cut out to be a blogger? ) On the other hand, having too many ideas can leave you feeling like you’re being pulled in a ton of directions, which can also be a downward spiral starting with the fact that you probably aren’t following through with too many of those ideas.
Having too many ideas is a good problem, though, and there is one simple task that you can do to help yourself when you feel overwhelmed with ideas and pulled in many directions. Ready?
Do a 15 minute brain dump.
If you’ve never done one of these, you might not know what this is, so let me explain. A brain dump is technique to get all of your ideas and thoughts out of your mind and onto paper. It’s a great technique if you feel overwhelmed with your thoughts, especially if you can’t stop thinking about that new blog post idea, a series for your email list, and probably the ten ideas you’ve got for your business as well.
It’s super, super simple, too. Here’s what you do: Get a piece of paper and a pencil. ( No, don’t go to your computer or phone, you’ll likely get distracted. ) Turn off the tv and music, set aside your phone, close the door if you’re in a room and want to be left alone. Set a timer for 15 minutes, and then start writing. You can write down your thoughts, ideas, and plans. One of the most important things to remember here is not to make a huge to do list. That’s not what this time is for. Instead focus on getting things down on to paper.
Being plagued with a small short term memory problem, one of my favorite things about this exercise is that I can jot things down that come to mind so that I don’t have to try to keep up with them in my head. I mean really, how many times have you had a brilliant idea while driving to the grocery store or in the shower, and 20 minutes later you can’t remember a thing about it? ( Trust me sister, I feel ya! )
So – my challenge for you today is this: if you’ve been feeling overwhelmed with ideas ( regardless of what they’re for ) try this exercise, and then report back here when you’re done to let me know how it went!
P.s. Did you know that the brain dump is a step in my Idea to Launch ebook? I’ve got plans to relaunch the ebook by the end of the year, so if you want to learn more about what to do with your ideas ( you know, like actually launch them ) sign up below and be one of the first to know. Who knows, you may even get some exclusive offers!