I received this shout-out for help last week – and thought that many of you might feel the same way.  So, I chose to answer Kym’s time management (choice management!!) question here on the SystemSavvy Consulting blog.  Can you relate?



Dear Lisa,

My challenge is figuring out how to implement all the new ideas and information I receive.  Don’t get me wrong, I love to learn and getting new ideas is GREAT, but every time I listen to a podcast I find another exciting idea I want to implement.  AND is seems there are at least 18 steps to get each one going. Too many ideas and not enough time or help to implement them all!

I get all excited and I want to run off and work on the next new idea. I’m a mess with ‘shiny things’.



Here’s my response.  I’m curious, do you ever feel this way?  What are your thoughts, strategies, and techniques to overcome?  Be sure to leave your responses below!

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Dear Kym,

This “chasing the next shiny object” feeling is normal.  Often, the next idea seems like the best idea . . . especially because it is new.

Often I remind my clients, “Finishing ONE project completely is better than thinking about (or starting) TEN projects.”

When struggling with which project to do next, I recommend using Stephen Covey’s Habit, Start with the End in Mind.  Are you clear on the goals for your business and life?  What are your priorities and values?

Sit down in a quiet space with a blank sheet of paper and a pencil (or pen!). If you think better using the computer, this exercise will also work using a blank document on your computer screen, or use mind mapping software.  Then, create a list of projects.  Those you are currently working on, and those that have recently come into your awareness through podcasts and other professional development activities.

Evaluate this list of projects in relation to your goals, values, priorities, and dreams.  Which projects support these goals?  Which seem “cool” but really aren’t aligned?

Now, look at your list, and from the projects that support your goals,  prioritize the top three.   Then ask yourself, “What are the characteristics of a new project that would cause me to abandon this one?”  Have an idea of what a “better” project could look like while you are excited about your three priorities.  NOT when you are excited by the next shiny object!

As each new, exciting, “shiny” object comes into your life rank that idea against the 3 projects you are already committed to.    Would completing this new project get you closer to achieving your goals than what you are currently committed to?  If so, consider swapping it out.  (Remember, time is finite – you can’t do it all.  It’s about choices!)  If not, put it on the project  list to evaluate once you finish one of your current three projects.

How we use our time each day is a choice.  Deciding which projects to focus your time, energy, and enthusiasm on is your choice, based on your business, life, dreams, and goals.  Once you have a process for evaluating where to spend your time, keeping control of the “shiny objects” becomes easier.



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