Ep 8 : Are You Suffering Idea Debt? [The Good Human Project]
Are You Suffering from Idea Debt?
This intriguing concept has a lot of merit as people set too many goals, have so many un-started projects and things to do on their wish-list, that is weighs down on them emotionally creating a virtual idea debt.
Much like a financial debt (where you owe someone else), an idea debt (you owe it to yourself) carries a heavy burden that can get to people after a period of time.
Inspired by the Lifehacker Article by Alicia Adamczyk : https://www.lifehacker.com.au/2018/09/dont-get-weighed-down-by-idea-debt/
Insights from this article...
# 1 - Examine where you are emotionally suffering due to your own overload of ideas, and lack of action. Idea debt gets heavy after a while and we ALL do it!!!
"Goal setting can result in idea debt. These goals should be crossed off to restore peace of mind."
# 2 - Find the right ratio of Action : Thinking to get the progress you need and simultaneous peace of mind. Maybe it's 80:20, 90:10 or you look at it in terms of minutes per day. Just 30 minutes per day on your dream whilst you work a full time job, can get you progress. But if you only work 30 minutes on something, you only want 3-5 minutes of thinking time.
30-60 minutes of thinking with zero action is the death of dreams.
Progress leads to Happiness
# 3 - Priorities matter, because FOCUS matters! Quality output only comes from really focussed attention. Work on ONE project at a time. Focus on it, finish it. That's what will make it great. Distraction and chopping and changing from one project to another will often result in wishy-washy output. Diluted thinking rather than deep thinking. And it's deep thinking that leads to detailed content that people actually respect and then view you as an expert for.
# 4 - Cut out the sugar! It's sweet to think about all the things you want to do, but the mental candy can lead to depression. You entertain yourself with the addictive hit of regular thought - where you think and think about your dream, you visualise it and it's exciting, but there eventually becomes a point where you start to turn on yourself because it's not your reality. In fact, you're not even moving towards that reality.
If your goals have become a heavy burden, you need to decide. Start working on it (and I mean now!!!) or cut it off your list. Admit you are not going to do it and move on with your life.