introvert problem

Like most introverts, I have a mind that just won’t quit. The hamster is always churning out ideas.  This can quickly lead to idea overload followed by mental exhaustion. It also makes it difficult to know which ideas deserve my time and attention right now.

In case you have the same problem, I thought I’d share some tips that have helped me deal with idea overload:

The 48 Hour Rule
You might find that within the space of a few hours you get really excited about an idea, let your mind run wild with it, become completely mentally exhausted, and then write off the idea as silly.  Meanwhile, some other very good ideas have gone unnoticed.

For this reason, I find that it’s best to give your ideas some time to incubate before committing much mental energy to them.  Two days is a good amount of time to let your ideas simmer. 

Treat your ideas like a rose bush

Blogger and entrepreneur James Clear compares ideas to rose bushes. You need to trim away many of your budding ideas in order to let the best ones flourish. 

When you have a lot of great ideas, it can be tempting to try to develop all of them. But introverts work better when we focus our attention on one thing. Choose a few really good ideas, then develop them one at a time. 

Use your innie intuition

You might be wondering, how do I know which ideas are the best ones?  This is when your introverted intuition comes in handy.  The sensitive, introspective and reflective nature of most introverts helps us develop a strong inner compass.

You’ll notice that some ideas seem too complicated, or inauthentic, or just don’t feel right.  This is your gut’s way of saying “move along, please”.  It’s best if you listen. 

Well, that’s it for now, dearest.  If you are someone who also struggles with idea overload, please do share your experiences.  I would love to hear from you. 😉