Can you identify your next right action? Congratulations if you can see what comes next. If you can’t, let me know we can hit the backspace until we get to where you are right now. For this discussion, that you do know what your next right action is.
Write down your idea or thought on paper only. I like to have a stack of Post-its® and a pen beside me. Imagine when you pick up the pen it’s really, really hot. Like a hot potato. You have got to jot as fast as you can before you can’t stand having the pen in your hand any longer. Jot down your idea, drop the hot pen and get back to your task. If another thought comes into your mind that’s worthy of recalling later, jot it and drop it, one distracting thought or idea per Post-it note.
Briefly for today I will say, add anything that’s time sensitive into your calendar, place “someday” ideas into a Bullet Journal, photograph the note and send it to Evernote or transcribe into Trello or Workflowy. You can also simply stick the note right into a tickler file. Put to-do items onto your list for the appropriate day or in some kind of project management tool to pop up when appropriate. If you have no system or nothing that works easily for you let me know, and we can take a closer look at tools which might help you out.
To summarize this letter, Identify your next right action. While taking action don’t let your creative and busy brain work against your best efforts by hijacking your attention. If an idea or distracting thought comes into your head, write it down on paper with a hot-potato pen and get back to work. Jot it. Drop it. Get back to rocking it.