ScatterBrained, The Monkey Mind and Who Wore It Best

I probably looked a little looney1 and maybe I was. I am task oriented. Start a task and finish it. This week, I let my impulses take control. Some call it the monkey mind 2 but it was a little different. As I put laundry in the washer, I thought of a great summary for a friend’s LinkedIn profile. I stopped, wrote the summary, sent it off and then returned to laundry. As I cleaned the bathroom, I thought of an escape room theme for a presentation I was scheduled to give. I stopped, drafted the presentation and went back to scrubbing. This was my week and to my surprise, it was OK, it was very productive. It was not scatterbrained; it was, hmmmm starburst. Everything got done and more. By more, I mean, more creative, more productive and dare I say more effectively.

This is in opposition to my philosophy of complete one thing before moving on to another. I thought skipping around would start a lot of things and finish nothing. Am I wrong? Is this an anomaly or a new way of being? What is your method?  Is it a checklist, a starburst or something else? This week, for a day, try doing the opposite and note what happens. You might just be surprised.

1My “who wore it best” may qualify as completely looney; I thought of it in a conversation on Making the Cut and the clothes available on Amazon.

2Monkey Mind – a Buddhist term meaning “unsettled; restless; capricious; whimsical; fanciful; inconstant; confused; indecisive; uncontrollable”. Buddha described the human mind as being filled with drunken monkeys, jumping around, screeching, chattering, carrying on endlessly.

3Scatterbrained – disorganized and lacking in concentration.


  1. Starburst. Yes…I shall use this very positive image to describe my method from now on. Monkey mind and scatterbrained have negative connotations that may reflect how I appear at times; but eventually, through starbursts, I get there.

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