With so much information and insights into other people’s routines, it can be quite overwhelming. We have 24 hour access to millions of methods of doing things. It’s no wonder that many of us have become idea collectors. Well let me add 3 simple ways to manage this – Storage, Trust and Schedule.
Ideas, clippings, quotes, images that are collected with the idea that one day they will be used, implemented and made a part of who we are. Often we read an article and we think that we’ll implement the tips later on but never get to it. The writer collects character looks and landscape images to encourage production but actually it disguises their procrastination. It’s planning to travel to Italy in two years time and thinking that the ‘best restaurants to visit in Rome 2018’ article will be of use.
And I’m not immune either. Even as a Productivity and Time Management Coach I’ve had to declutter a lot. My collection of ideas has mainly been in digital form but I’ve seen clients with stacks and stacks of paper, carefully curated ideas for later reading and use, and those who have notebooks filled with notes, quotes, and inspiration just waiting for their time to be useful.
I always find it interesting uncovering the reasons behind why my clients are holding on to their particular information. And often three ways of dealing with that information overload come in to play:
These three ways help to significantly reduce idea accumulation. Reducing the thought clutter throughout your life and home.