I have a hard time not getting all consumed by my latest hobbies.
For example, I like audiobooks. This makes me think that I should narrate audiobooks. Not only should I narrate audiobooks, I should be produce audiobooks! While I'm at it I should write a book about creating audiobooks so that I can do that audio narration!
I can't just like audiobooks. I have to BE audiobooks. Hobbies can easily consume my identity because I'm always looking for a deeper meaning. So me liking audiobooks MUST mean more. It must be a sign that this is what I truly want to do.
The problem with these rabbit holes is that they usually distract me from what I really wanted to work on. Then I burn out with audiobooks and my original goal of writing a blog post. Which leads me to the good ol' you'll never finish anything pity party.
I think there's a way to use this to our advantage though.
You see, these rabbit holes often come with a great sense of urgency.
Let's bottle that extra energy and use it as a carrot stick.
What I started doing lately is creating a list of all the projects I want to dig into. Say narrate an audiobook. I put it on my master list of super secret projects. Then I let myself know that whenever I finish what I'm currently working on I get to pick from my treasure box of future projects. Moreover, if I get inspiration for an upcoming project, I write some quick notes on my master list (no research allowed). When I finally get to try out a new project, I have a head start...
before the next idea pop us.
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Johnny Magz is a public speaker, health coach, INFJ, recovering perfectionist, and proud dad. He loves to share stories about health, self development, and comedy.