Are you a business owner? Or just somebody that has a demanding job?
Maybe you have said more than once,
- “I don’t know what is worse, the week before I leave for vacation or the week I get back?”
Or how about this one?
- “I really need more than one week of vacation, I don’t even relax until about Wednesday then by Friday I am getting cranked up again!”
Some of my best ideas are when I allow myself to just stop for a minute and allow the free thoughts flow. Otherwise, petty tasks and random thoughts may spin around and round. If I don’t write them down they interrupt more strategic problem solving. This goes for lots of things, Work things, Camp projects, Grocery Lists, etc. And if you have kids you have your own “Things to Do” just for them.
All blocking the thinking, the planning you really ought to be doing for your business- direction you want to go, plans for the future. These thoughts are hard to dig into if the constant interruptive thoughts of “I need eggs on the way home,” are constantly bumping into them.
I Am On Vacation
I worked on this post before I left and I was thinking I have a million apps on my phone (that is with me always,) how can I try and use some of the time to learn one of them to try to manage my “Monkey Brain?” There, on my phone was Evernote, downloaded over a year ago and seldom used. In the meantime, more and more people I know have tried it, I tweeted out asking what people thought of it. Some people said, “I tried it, maybe I didn’t give it a chance.” I knew that was me.
A couple weeks ago I blogged about Twitter and really it was more about “Focus” than anything else. This is the same thing really. As I started thinking about things I had to remember, instead of writing them down, I religiously put them in Evernote, when I was on my laptop, my iPad and my phone. Whatever was in my hand at the time, I am putting those thoughts in Evernote.
While this is not meant to be another “RAH RAH Evernote!” discussion, I really had no idea how powerful a tool it could be, if I really used it. Here is probably the best blog post that hit the bullseye on all it can do. (Apologies in advance for some of the geek speak.)
Two Assignments to Myself
Rather to be overwhelmed with the array of options or if I should buy the Premium version, two things I am going to try working with first:
- The Note Feature – those random thoughts that I need to get somewhere that need to come up when I am a coffee shop or riding in the car. This is where many people end it.
- Web Clipper – for reading later and saving it to a notebook that I set up on my laptop. Take all the thoughts that take me away from vacation, “To Not Forget When I Get Back” and plunk them in Evernote. Get them out of my head and back to my vacation!
As my old boss would say: “Cotiaux, you can eat an elephant – Just One Bite at a Time. So stay tuned!