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February 02, 2009

Too Many Ideas, Too Little Time, What to Do?

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As I’ve mentionned a few times before, I tend to have more ideas than time and often get a project underway, only to temporarily abandon it for more pressing family or work obligations.

When I sit down and write out my list of work items, I usually end up with a list that would take 5 times as long to complete as the time I have to work on them.  So, what to do?  Kill certain projects? 

I heard a possible solution today.  Zig Ziglar in Goals : Setting And Achieving Them On Schedule talked about how he currently has 34 goals on his personal goal list, but he chooses 4 - 6 of them to work on each week. This allows one to balance being focused on a reasonable number of items at one time and yet have many more goals. By writing down the goals, it becomes easier to not lose track of multiple projects.

I don’t think I’ll get up to 34 myself… though I do tend to get carried away, but I am thinking this approach would keep me from thrashing back and forth too quickly between too many different items, meaning that I’m not making the desired progress on any of them. I’ll let you know how it goes.

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