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.