Business Studies

Focusing on Your Idea, and the Benefits of Distraction

Paul Graham wrote about the ideas that preoccupy our minds.  He has observed that we will typically focus on an idea that we always think about.  For entrepreneurs, it will be your product or business, and how to continually improve it, market it, and sell it.  The problem that arises is when we are distracted from this one main idea we have on our minds.  His example is raising money for your business.  Businesses that start to raise money tend to slow down progress in developing their products.  This is because raising money becomes the main idea.

I completely agree with this.  I will obsess over my latest idea and get irritated when I’m distracted by other things I have to dedicate a lot of time to.  The point that Paul makes about being distracted is a good one though.  Being distracted from your main idea gives your mind a moment to breathe.  Solutions to problems or road blocks you may have run into tend to come out of thin air when you are NOT consciously thinking about your main idea.

Read Paul Graham’s post: The Top Idea In Your Mind

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David Allen is Lazy

Because David Allen is a “procrastinator”, we’ve had the privilege of seeing the results of his research into “how to get from here to there easier”. He’s always been about improving process, and I’ve found that that has become a priority in my life as well, figuring out how to improve the processes in my life.

I’ve started reading Getting Things Done, but never finished it. I also have procrastinated in reorganizing my life to follow his principles. But I’m also at a turning point in my life where I do want to purge all the things in my head and write them down somewhere so that I don’t think about them all the time.

Get a little insight into David Allen’s process with this very informative little video. It’s actually 30 minutes, but watch a couple minutes. It may help.